Friday, July 19, 2013
West Town Tavern
I got the idea when I was ordering that asparagus was in season because it was featured in several dishes on the menu and so it showed up again with my main course. I ordered Pot Roast with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Natural Jus, and Raisins. The pot roast was incredible. It was fork tender and very flavorful. The garlic mashed potatoes were smooth and creamy with a lot of garlic. The jus tied the mashed potatoes and the pot roast together. The asparagus was the nice crisp side vegetable and while I would never have considered adding raisins to a pot roast dish, it worked, bringing out the sweetness of the meat and tying it with the asparagus.
While my first two courses were pretty local and seasonal, my dessert was not. You will not find any bananas trees of note in the midwest (nor any cacao plants) so most of the ingredients of my dessert were shipped a long way. Despite that, it was really good. I had a Banana Cream Pie with Salted Peanuts, Whipped Cream, White Chocolate, Caramel, Brown Sugar, and a Mint Garnish (which may very well have been found locally). It was sweet, creamy, and salty with a lot of bananas and a dense crust. It was a very good finish to a very good dinner.
I am glad that I had the opportunity to come to West Town Tavern. The staff is very friendly and attentive and the food is very good. While it isn't far from where I live, I will definitely have to make a point of returning.