Thursday, March 31, 2011


For my birthday this week, my best girlfriends took me to Lamberts. What better than some upscale BBQ? I went last year on my birthday for Sunday brunch, but had never been for dinner before.

We started with the charcuterie plate, which included some lovely pork butter (in the ramekin, top left), pork pate, beef tongue, and bologna, and on the right, an assortment of cheeses, a semi-firm, a brie-style, a lovely blue, ....there was a small menu at the table which named all the cheeses, but I can't find it with their online menus. I remember now the blue was Ewe's Blue, which I wasn't familiar with, but Googling it, I have discovered it's from the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, who make great sheep's milk cheese and yogurt.  Honey (with the honeycomb), mustard, pickled veggies, and char grilled bread filled out the plate. Lambert's menu does say "local" artisan cheese, but clearly, not all are. It was my favorite cheese on the plate though, so who's complaining?
I was told by two people to try the crispy wild boar ribs, and I really was looking forward to them. But what was the ONE thing they were out of on the menu? Oh well. After much internal debate, I settled on the pulled pork plate, and I did not regret it. I am realizing now, it doesn't look like much with the BBQ sauce all over the meat. However, it was lovely, tender, succulent pieces of pork that fell apart when you stuck a fork into them. And while I normally prefer my sauce on the side, this didn't bother me, but the pork was so tasty, that I don't remember a thing about the sauce. We also got some sides to share, so from the left, the green chile cheese grits, garlic roasted broccoli, and Brussels sprouts in brown butter with bacon.
One of my friends got the country ribs, which was pink, tender, and also very tasty.  I was really tempted to get the lamb chops, but have NO regrets with my pork, whatsoever. For dessert, we had the chocolate peanut butter cup and the made to order donuts with lemon glaze and coffee ice cream. The pb cup was almost sinful, good thing it was split four ways! The donuts were nice and crispy on the outside, but rather undercooked on the inside; I still liked them though, but I am a fan of all types of raw dough! The ice cream had strong coffee flavor, which was a nice surprise, and nice creamy texture. Service was good and consistent throughout the evening, and for a Monday night, they were hopping! It did seem like a mix of locals and business men from out of town.
 So which do I prefer better at Lamberts, brunch or dinner? I don't know! Certainly for value, the brunch stands out at $28 per person, all you can eat. It's a tough call -- go try for yourself!

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