I'm a hard one to please. I can cook and cook well. I have little time for pretentious dining and less for the trendy nothingness so typical of the Main Line.
Pleasant surroundings. They still have the orginal tin ceiling. There's bar with a TV ( the TV I could do without). They also have music on certain nights - fine for some, not my thing. Very casual. The menu is simple. Appetizers run around $8, main courses around $23.
Service is on the casual side - something else I'm not found of. I don't like when the just throw a soup spoon on the table. Still, service was good.
Ceviche was on the appetizer list . Ordered it while we discussed and decided the menu. The server brought it immediately. The ceviche was terrific - clean delicate fish in a wonderful arrangement of slight greens. One order is easily good for four people to share.
Soup next. The gumbo, (cup size is actually in bowl and certainly sufficient), was the best I have had outside the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. (It's spicey.) The crab bisque was wonderfully light and a perfect start for those who are not inclined to spicy foods.
The Entrees were exceptional. Now, of course we shared.
Blackened bass and crab on sweet potatoes with almond. Was this a taste of heaven? The delicacy of the fish, the delight of the crab and the sweenees of the almond. Perfect.
Pork cutlet on greens. Now, while this was certainly very good - also a bit spicey. The corn cake was a delicate delight. But the pork is the type of thing for those who like meat on the bone. For me, that's not why I go to a restaurant.
Now - the entry into paradise; the Scallops on truffled shrimp. Four seared scallops set upon four small shrip cakes, surrounded by a bed of black eyed beans , andouille and the most delicatable sauce. You need to eat a small bit of each with every bite. The flavours are subtle, yet spicey, yet distinct. Simply one of the best dishes I have ever enjoyed.
Pros: excellent menu, wonderfully prepared
Cons: good service but a little too casual