If you are like us, you guys are probably still trying to get used to it being midnight dark at 6 p.m.! We really don’t enjoy the falling back of the time during the fall season. However, what we do like during this season is “falling” into all the flavors of fall and the new fall menu selections at many of the bars and restaurants in the city. Check out some of the places and the cocktails and dishes that have us doing the fall menu happy dance…
No need for alarm, the fried chicken and champagne aren’t going anywhere! Max’s just loves keeping things seasonal and giving us new favorites all year long. This menu is no exception and is full of good eats! From the shareable section of the menu, the Brie En Croute is not to be missed! The caramelized apples, cranberries, and walnuts along with brie stuffed inside a buttery puff pastry will get your meal off to a fabulous start. Follow that up with Cracklin Chicken which is served with wild mushroom risotto or Perfect Pot Roast, slow-braised short ribs, served on a bed of white cheddar scalloped potatoes. Both are excellent, so it’s just a matter of beef or chicken!
We know that State Fare is still relatively new, but that did not stop Chef Jim Mills and Beverage director Laurie Harvey from giving us new dishes and cocktails to lose our minds over. From Fried Green Tomato Salad to Smothered Catfish & Tasso Ham Etouffee this menu refresh is EVERYTHING!
Fried East Oysters
A few menu highlights that had us feeling extra special were the Fried East Oysters served on a bed of creamed spinach with a tomatillo salsa along with pickled jalapenos and red onions. Now get all those ingredients on your fork together and experience food love to the tenth power. The White Cheddar Stuffed Hamburger Steak took us right back to our grandmother’s kitchen with the mushroom gravy and scallion rice.
To complement the new dishes, Laurie knocked it out the park with the new cocktails. Here are our suggestions… If you are looking for a boozy drink with a taste of fall, then go for the Fig Manhattan (rye infused with black mission fig, Cocchi Torino, bitters). For you frozen drink lovers, you will fall head over heels for the Cranberry Surprise (cranberry vodka, fall spice, rosemary). On the lighter side, we would recommend the Portofino (vodka, blood orange, bubbles).
There is so much to fall in love with at Sud Italia, and it begins as soon as you step foot onto their outdoor patio. Trimmed with hanging light fixtures, the feeling that you have been transported to a beach off the coast of Southern Italy is ever present. Several items on their fall menu deserve a moment of applause. One for being wonderfully prepared and two for the development and layering of flavors. For example, the super tender Roasted Pork Loin served with a robust grape sauce (boasting both whole grapes and raisins), and the Goat Cheese Crostini on a bed of pear carpaccio where each bite taken confirmed how special this dish truly was. Although not on the fall menu, their Paccheri pasta with a three cheese sauce is a worthy mention and may be the best cheese-laden pasta dish we’ve ever tasted.
On the imbibe front, Moving Sidewalk has not only added Bartender superstar Leslie Ross (who now goes by her married name Leslie Krockenberger) to their team, but they’ve had a complete menu refresh for the fall. They are bringing back the bar’s most famous and beloved cocktails and adding or changing a few ingredients to make it new and improved! A few that had us at the first sip were…the Lexicon Devil (Old Tom Gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Campari, Pample-mouse Liqueur, Clarified Lemon Cordial, Basil, Grapefruit Supremes, Ice Age Spear) and the Manu Chao (Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Capertif, Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Sage, Ice Age Rock). Now we never had the drinks that these were created from, but Moving Sidewalk team, if the goal was to wow, impress, and have us wanting more – JOB WELL DONE!!!