Monday, November 1, 2010

Chalk Food + Wine - Covington, KY

The great thing about Chalk is that it never disappoints.  Our most recent visit was as consistently strong as all of the others.  In fact, it was better because it wasn't freezing cold in the restaurant for the first time.  Bonus.

We started off with the Vanilla Bourbon Manhattan.  Last time it was brown with sugar on the rim and this time it was red with salt on the rim.  We were thrown off so we asked the server and she said that they have different mixes for the same drink.  Different bartenders apparently choose which mix they want to use.  It seems to us that when you are paying $8.50 for a drink, you should at least be asked which mix you prefer.  It was odd.  The Manhattan was great, but definitely different from the last time.  We also ordered a cheese plate.  The selection always changes, but it usually includes one blue and one brie.  This time they added a seasonal apple cinnamon chutney that was fantastic.  

For our meals, we ordered the duck and the pork chop.  The duck breast came with white corn polenta and a thin brown gravy, along with roasted butternut squash.  The flavors were very similar to Thanksgiving.  It was a pretty heavy dish.  Also - the duck is normally cooked medium rare unless you tell them differently, so keep that in mind if you can't handle the pink.  The pork chop was on top of home made potato gnocchi, apples, and parsnips, with an apple reduction.  They always cook pork perfectly there so we knew the chop would be good, but the gnocchi stole the show.  I think it may have been the first pork dish I ever ordered where everything was great, but that I liked something more than the pork itself.  

Lastly, we had dessert.  We rarely get dessert at restaurants because one of two things happen: either we are disgustingly full or we are almost disgustingly full but we stop at graeter's afterwards.  We chose the apple and pear tart.  I can't remember exactly what was in the whipped cream - maybe sea salt?  The dough was a little sweeter than I'm used to, but it was a good pairing with the slightly tart fruit.  The dessert wasn't big enough though.  While we weren't looking for a chain-style sized dessert, this thing could fit in the palm of my hand.  And I have pretty small hands.  

318 Greenup St
Covington, KY 41011
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