Red Door before, it was for a special beer dinner and we ate in the private dining room in the back. I had never eaten at Red Door for a regular dinner so I thought I would try it out. I had been to the address previously in its previous incarnation as Duchamp which I really liked. I also liked the beer dinner that I had attended and I had heard good things about it, including the fact that they have a great courtyard for outdoor dining in the summertime and they do a good brunch, but I will have to find this out at a later date. As you might expect, with a name like Red Door, the entrance is a big red door. The dining room however is not red. It is, in fact very rustic and uses a lot of wood. There is a hardwood floor and a long wood bar opposite the entrance. Other than the bar, which uses gray steel bar stools for seating, there is a banquette with a high wooden back to match with the floor and tables. The walls behind the bar and behind the banquette, as well as the ceiling, are light green, which, I think is what they were in Duchamp. There is also some antique brick as the wall to the courtyard entrance. Light is supplied from a window at the front of the bar and hanging lights over the bar and the banquette tables. Because I was by myself and it is kind of a small space, I decided to sit at the bar and leave a table open for prospective diners. I decided to start with some Fried Cheese Curds which were served with a Spicy Aioli. I like cheese curds and do try them frequently, but these were different. Obviously they were fried and cheesy, but many were unusually shaped and they were some of the lightest cheese curds that I have had. It was like eating cheese flavored clouds. The spicy aioli was also very nice. It was a great texture, not too thick to dip the curds or too thin to stick to them and it had a nice spicy garlic flavor that reminded me of Sriracha which went well with the cheese curds.
I would normally get dessert after a nice meal out, but Red Door has a limited dessert menu, they normally serve pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop, but on the night that I went, they had run out and hadn't gotten a delivery. I left a little disappointed without pie. While I was disappointed about dessert, I did like the food that I did get and when I return, I will make alternate plans to get dessert elsewhere if I can't get it there.