We have been wanting to try Virgil's for a while now and when a friend found a gift card and gave it to us, we had all the motivation we needed to make the trip. On three different occasions we called a few hours ahead and they were booked for hours. This time we just showed up and luckily there were two seats at the bar.
The bartender was not only friendly but she made great a great manhattan and cosmopolitan. The chef came out and brought us some of the best bread we have ever had (which was on the house). It had green olives and garlic cloves baked into it, as well as some Kenny's Farmhouse Asiago grated on top.
For dinner we had a bowl of the Shrimp and Tomato Bisque and the Pork Chop special. The bisque was very creamy (not a low calorie option), filling, and delicious. The shrimp was blended into the soup though and I was hoping for at least one whole shrimp as a garnish.
We couldn’t decide what to order (as usual) between shrimp creole (Virgil’s take on shrimp’n grits), a ribeye with béarnaise sauce, and a bone in pork chop with sautéed apples.
Then the chef came out of the kitchen and told us that we should get the pork chop since it was a special that they wouldn’t have for much longer. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s when the chef tells you to get something in particular, you get it. So I did. And it was wonderful.
The chop came with a sweet potato puree that was pure butter and brown sugar goodness, and green beans that were unlike any I’d ever had. They were grilled and still in their little husk thingy’s. They were tasty but kinda hard to eat. The pork chop was moist and, given my affinity for pork, was deelicious.
The desserts all looked great too, but they were out of a lot them since we were there on a Monday and they’re closed on Tuesdays. Plus we were stuffed from the two pound pork chop and half gallon of bisque that we had just inhaled. We will definitely be back sometime soon though, we just have to find another friend with a gift card.