Knife and Tine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
- There's free street parking outside.
- 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!