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Knife and Tine

Knife and Tine

Bread and fig butter
Bread and fig butter

If you have some time, you should probably make a trip to Knife and Tine, where Southern cuisine meets modernity. If you search for this restaurant, you may come across the nasty Time Out review, but you should disregard it because our meal was the exact opposite from what was described blow by blow in that article.

We were first presented with bread and a very addicting fig butter. It was the perfect balance of sweet and savory so it was no surprise when we asked for another spoonful... and then another spoonful, at which point we decided that our bodies will not thank us for it later.

Left: Lemon smash with mint and vodka Right: Forbidden Root ginger beer
Left: Lemon smash with mint and vodka Right: Forbidden Root ginger beer

As you wait for the appetizers and main dishes, order some drinks. They have a lovely beer selection, and the bartender does wonders with the cocktails.

Shishito peppers - spiced pepitas, gorgonzola maple fondue, smoked paprika
Shishito peppers - spiced pepitas, gorgonzola maple fondue, smoked paprika

Recently, it seems like the popular thing to do is to serve shishito peppers as an appetizer. Well, Knife and Tine is a place you cannot skip out on this vegetarian trend because this is the first place I've been where they season these non-spicy peppers to perfection. I loved the smoked paprika showered on top, and the bed of fondue the peppers sit on is an impeccable creamy pairing.

Spoon bread - fried cornmeal bites, hot sauce bacon aioli
Spoon bread - fried cornmeal bites, hot sauce bacon aioli

I had never heard of spoon bread before, but after looking them up on Wikipedia, apparently they are the southern version of a Yorkshire pudding. After we dipped these bites in the aioli, they definitely screamed "hushpuppies"! These cornmeal bites have a nice crisp on the outside, but what really makes these spectacular is that rich aioli.

Beet salad - golden beets, baby kale, sheep's milk ricotta, pecans, cider vinegar
Beet salad - golden beets, baby kale, sheep's milk ricotta, pecans, cider vinegar

After that aioli, you may want a healthier choice, and the golden beet salad is the perfect way to go. Aesthetically, it is the ultimate spring dish, and it will make any vegetarian swoon.

Burrata - rhubarb jam, pistachio, watercress
Burrata - rhubarb jam, pistachio, watercress

I enjoy burrata, and I especially enjoyed this burrata with that pistachio spread and rhubarb jam. It's a lovely combination, and kudos to the chef who experimented with these ingredients!

Shrimp and grits - creamy grits, n'duja sausage, grilled okra
Shrimp and grits - creamy grits, n'duja sausage, grilled okra

The shrimp and grits was the only dish that were not as yummy as I had expected, but perhaps it was because of my otherworldly shrimp and grits experience at The Shaved Duck in St. Louis just a couple weeks back. The okra did not really fit in well with the flavors of the dish, and the grits were a bit watered down for me. But the shrimp and sausage were spot on.

Smoked brisket - brisket, tuscan kale, vidalia onion, green tomato chow chow
Smoked brisket - brisket, tuscan kale, vidalia onion, green tomato chow chow

You have to order this. The brisket breaks apart at the touch of the fork, and the green tomato chow chow is a wonderful southern-inspired accompaniment. I would have been content if I had just a pound of this brisket!

Strawberry rhubarb pie
Strawberry rhubarb pie

You absolutely CANNOT skip out on their homemade pies. Even if you are full, you will be extremely thankful that you ordered one after taking that first bite (and you probably won't want to share the rest).

Tips:

  1. There's free street parking outside.
  2. I think the best seats are by the large windows that allow lots of natural light in, so when you book, see if you can request a window seat!
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