Jeff figured the Tipsy Boar would be a good option. I had mixed feelings about this, since the last time we’d visited, it was a fail with a capital (read about it here).
After suggesting the Tipsy Boar as our meet up spot, apparently our Hot & Soul friends felt similar, saying that the menu was really good when the establishment first opened, but had proven to be disappointing during recent visits.
With that in mind, we decided to push on anyway. I pointed out that we could always start our night here and move on to any number of places after.
Jeff and I arrived before our guests and posted up at the bar. I was distracted by our bartender, Adam, who seemed more like a bouncer than a bartender. After a bit, I came to find out he was just the strong silent type. In addition to his size, he obviously had the characteristics of bouncer.
The hostess originally came to check on us, but we told her we would be fine waiting at the bar. She must have taken this as a cue to take her break for the evening, because we never saw her again after the rest of our party arrived.
We waited for a while, then decided it would just be easiest to stay at the bar.
Our first course was a sausage and broccoli rabe pizza: homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, grana padana, chili flakes, Italian sausage, and broccoli rabe. This was very, very good. Broccoli rabe is very underused. Which is a big part of the reason why Jeff and our Hot & Soul friend were very eager to order it.
We also ordered the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese.
Jeff and I had ordered this during our first visit. I enjoyed it when we first got it, as something new. However, it was very, very sweet and almost more of a dessert to me. During this visit, I wasn’t particularly interested in it and passed. It also ensured there was no awkward split of 3 items over 4 people. Even though it still ended up that way since the boys ate their full share.
We drank and chat some more, getting to know our newish friends more. Throughout all of this, the second bartender, Freddie, made frequent appearances on our side of the bar. He proved to be the entertaining side kick to Adam, very a la Jay and Silent Bob style.
Not getting full off the pizza and snack date, we proceeded to order a series of croquettes:
Lamb gyro croquette: tzatziki, cucumber, red onion – this was REALLY good
Goat cheese, apricot, and thyme croquette: almonds and orange ginger marmalade. – this was REALLY good too. But I’m a victim to goat cheese.
And just to make sure we’d tried all of the croquettes available, we ordered
Philly cheese steak croquettes: lettuce and cheese whiz Alfredo.
Freddie had been making us die with laughter. Needless to say it was easy for him to convince us to have a shot. When we asked him for a suggestion, he deferred to Adam and suggested he make us something special.
This is what we ended up with:
A layered shot of Kahlua, Bailey’s, Makers Mark – all poured over a maraschino cherry. This was a baby Guinness with a little bit of kick.
This experience was SO much better than our last one. The food was stellar and Freddie and Adam were MUCH better company than whatever her face was that shared the mutual dislike with us. The disappointment from our first Tipsy Boar visit has been washed away and replaced with new ones.
We loved making new memories with new friends in a new-ish place.
The Tipsy Boar
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