As planned, just came back from an excellent dinner at PGC.
The room is very nice; not too different from it's previous incarnations but much more "mission" with the white tablecloths gone, dark wood tabletops exposed and light-colored leather now lining the banquettes. The weirdest element of the decor was the "wall" of flat panel television monitors (3 facing each direction, lined up side by side) which separated the bar area from the main dining room. Appearing on the monitors were pastoral, moving images of the prairie.
I have to say that I was somewhat astounded by how smoothly everything flowed, considering that the this was only their third night in operation. Of course, we arrived very early--such is the price of dining out on a school night with a 2nd grader. Still, service was excellent; not only doing the expected but the unexpected. We got some good help with the wine list and there were numerous touches that kept us feeling like our presence was sincerely appreciated.
We started with some drinks and appetizers. I had a cocktail, wife had a glass of Echelon Chardonnay.
Here's what we had to eat:
Crab Cake with corn relish and roasted sweet pepper sauce
--excellent. The corn relish was a nice accompanyment and the red pepper sauce was terrific. Solid dish.
Crispy Roll of Medium-rare Ahi Tuna wrapped in Basil with Soy dipping Sauce
--liked it but didn't love it. I just couldn't really taste the tuna very well in this form. Dish was immaculately prepared, sauce was good, but it just missed for me.
Homemade Pate' in a Crock with Apples and Port Wine Reduction
--outstanding. The pate' was excellent and the apples and reduction made for perfect pairings.
Un-traditional Shepherd's Pie with Butternut Squash, Parsnip and Potato Gratin over braised beef and Swiss Chard
--I know this term is over-used but this dish was sublime. Absolutely amazing. It was delicious, comforting, simple and innovative. Wow!
Homemade Italian Sausage with Polenta, Sweet Peppers Basil, Arugula and Parmesan
--another winner. The sausage was supremely delicious with just the right amount of fennel. Polenta and peppers were also perfect. A huge portion, even for me.
Kid's Mac & Cheese
Really good version of the old standby. Of course we all had to taste it and give it our stamp of approval.
Mom's Homemade Apple Pie (a la mode)
--liked it but didn't love it. Very flaky crust but it tasted almost undercooked. We mentioned this to our server who explained that it was cooked as intended. I appreciated the textural uniqueness of this item but still felt like it just missed the mark.
Baked Pear in Almond Cake
--awesome, ethereal, delectible. I am generally not a big dessert fan and this really wow'ed me. I was loving every bite of it. Wife and I ended up splitting it and leaving half the apple pie.
All in all it was a great meal. I really can't wait to go back and try a few more items. The menu is large and inviting and filled with tempting dishes. Tonight we simply did not have the appetites or the numbers to go "exploring." I hope to change that in the very near future.
I just wanna live until I gotta die. I know I ain't perfect but God knows I try. --Todd SniderTwitter: ronniesuburban