Winter Restaurant Week 2015: Lincoln

LincolnNote: I apologize in advance, where we sat was far too dark to get pictures of any quality. I won’t risk ruining the dining experience for a picture that I won’t use anyways.

Dinner at Lincoln was the best way to start Winter Restaurant Week 2015. I am always happy to patronize a business who shares my philosophies about food and the dining experience. “Eating local has never been more fun. Savor our seasonal American small plate menu crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Our menus feature the very best sustainable fish and certified humane meat, eggs and the freshest produce from local farms – what could be more American? LINCOLN features local and regional farmers, foragers and purveyors…” Lincoln didn’t disappoint, highlighting the best of local ingredients while offering some of President Lincoln’s favorite foods according to their website: oysters, gingerbread and chicken fricassee.

With a small plates experience in mind, there is something for every taste imaginable.  Our Restaurant Week menu selections started with the Winter Squash Tater Tots, sage and all spice goat cheese, smoked pears; and Jumbo Mussels saffron tomato and chorizo broth, white wine, charred lemon butter. The Winter Squash Tater Tots were among one of the reasons I wanted to try Lincoln and they didn’t let me down.  At the same time, I was very pleased with the mussels. I was going to ask for another piece of bread to sop up the wonderfully acidic and savory broth so I wouldn’t drink it straight from the bowl but I managed to restrain myself knowing that my next course of brussels sprouts was on its way.

Their brussels sprouts are these amazing little crispy bites, paired wonderfully with a tartness from the walnut vinaigrette and cranberries.  The serving was more than enough for the four of us to have a portion.  My company ordered off the restaurant menu, allow us to also sample the macaroni and cheese, short ribs and a fried chicken dinner special while we also had the skirt steak from the prix fix menu.  All were tasty and well balanced.

Servings were all more than ample, though at this point people were less than interested in sharing and possibly more interested in enjoying their own meals. We closed with an amazing PBJ bar: a chocolate covered hazelnut sponge cake, layered with peanut butter and a raspberry gel.

I very much enjoyed everything I ate, the service was very attentive and I enjoyed Lincoln’s atmosphere. It was a perfect location for a double date, we didn’t have to shout but could have an enjoyable conversation.  Sometimes even I get intimidated by super trendy locations, like the restaurant doesn’t think I am awesome enough to be there; Lincoln was the exact opposite! It was nice to try a restaurant we would not otherwise go to; we don’t live in the area, we don’t work near by and few of our friends are there either.  I did notice an awesome happy hour of $5 small plates and discounted drinks, so that just might have to change!

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