When given the choice, Andrew and I generally choose to eat dinner on the early side–6:30ish. I think Andrew would eat the moment he walked in the door at 5:30 if he could. 😉 Friday night he had a basketball game (he plays in a church league) at 6:30, so we planned on having a late date night.
After the game–they won, and Andrew was on fire!–we headed to a restaurant in the city called The Daily Kitchen & Bar. We’d been once before for lunch and determined that it was definitely worth a second trip for dinner. As it turns out, we were right; after Friday this restaurant has moved to the top of our favorites list, but I’ll get into that more in a moment. When we arrived at 8:30, we were told the wait would be an hour–crazy-late for us old folks–so we gave them my phone number (they text when the table is ready so you can explore the area) and walked up the street to our favorite Thai restaurant… for appetizers 😀
Wonton soup for me (with all the scallions given to Andrew), and tofu vegetable soup for A.
Just as we were finishing our soup, I received the text that our table was ready, so we headed back down the street to The Daily. According to their website (and printed on the first page of the menus) :
“We strive to serve foods that are not only delicious but also health conscious, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible. We use organic, all natural, local, and sustainable ingredients as much as possible while still keeping our prices fair. In addition, we also offer an extensive selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items.”
In other words, this is the restaurant of our dreams.
We started with drinks:
Pomegranate mojito for me, cucumber martini for Andrew. They were both delicious; mine tasted like straight juice, which is exactly how I want a mixed drink to taste. 🙂 Just as we were about to order our entrees, Andrew spotted something great on the appetizer menu: gluten-free calamari. We love calamari, but it’s most always breaded with wheat flour, so Andrew can never have it. Despite the fact that we’d already had soup as an appetizer, we knew we needed to try this.
Oh. My. Gosh. The calamari was amazing. It came with two sauces: a chipotle lemon vinaigrette and a garlic toum. Both were fantastic.
For the entrees, Andrew ordered the blackened tuna sandwich (GF bread) with sweet potato fries and crispy Brussels sprouts. I had the organic roasted chicken with whipped potatoes, asparagus, and a lemon herb pan sauce.
Everything was swoon-worthy. I don’t know how else to put it. Every time we took a bite of something we felt so much joy that we’d found such a great restaurant! Let’s talk about the Brussels sprouts for a minute. The next time we go, I will be very tempted to order a few bowls of them and nothing else. The waiter told us that the sauce is a lemon-something gastrique, and somehow, the sprouts were perfectly soft on the inside yet delightfully crispy on the outside. How do they do that? And somehow, they tasted like egg rolls–and I mean that in a very good way! Who wouldn’t want to eat vegetables that taste like egg rolls? Oh, man.
Andrew, give me your best “Most Interesting Man in the World.”
Monster-hand spoofs 😉
As you might imagine, after two appetizers and drinks neither of us had much room left in our stomachs, so we brought home a lot of leftovers, which were just as tasty the next day. If you are in Richmond and looking for a restaurant with a. amazing food b. vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options c.organic, socially responsible food, or d. all of the above, you must try The Daily Kitchen & Bar in Carytown!
The rest of the weekend was a nice mix of fun and relaxation. Saturday morning we went to the gym together–after Friday’s dog bite incident I just took a relatively slow walk on the treadmill. The bite mark is still pretty gross, but it doesn’t hurt as much to move today. Progress 😉
Saturday night we had a hilarious game night with some friends. Have you ever played The Game of Things? It’s my favorite…and not just because it’s the only game I can almost always win. 🙂 We had church and youth group on Sunday, with a lot of lounging in between, plus a phone call to my dad for his birthday! All in all it was a great weekend.
I’m off now to attempt a run! I hope to encounter exactly zero animals, wild or otherwise.
-What did you do this weekend?
-Are you an early or late dinner-eater?
-Have you ever played Things?