Tuesday, March 22, 2016

J. McAurthur's

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and just wanted to say "bring me one of everything"? Well, that's how I was feeling here. We wanted to try it ALL!

Luckily, we had some partners in crime, Jamie and Shannon, to help us in our attempt to "eat everything". (There is your shout out!)

While I still recommend making a reservation to be on the safe side, the restaurant was fairly quiet until about 8pm, and I still don't think every table was full. I also wonder if the inside room is quieter than the "patio area", but the tables are plenty spaced apart at least.

At 6pm on a Friday night, we were the early birds and that worked out well for getting our server's attention. Later on, it was a little more difficult, but we were in good company so it didn't matter as much, but still, a three hour dinner was a bit longer than I prefer. Part of that was due to ordering the Ribeye in the middle of our meal instead of at the beginning.

With a short menu, it made it a little easier to make selections and we started with mussels, which was a weekly special.


Mussels
However, the wine list was rather lengthy, so we started out with a cocktail, a Kentucky Mule, in this fancy mug.


Kentucky Mule
 I did try to study the wine list since I knew the pressure would be on me to pick something out for the table, and it was hard to find just the right red that was not too pricey and wouldn't outshine the dishes.


Grenache
On the lighter side, our next starter was the Beet Salad, which was almost too pretty to eat. Even better, the beets were laid on top of a creamy goat cheese and green goddess dressing!


Beet Salad
I was very curious about the Missouri Wagyu Beef Meat Loaf, mostly because I'm still in the search for the "ultimate" meat loaf. It arrived in the shape of a softball and the four of us quickly devoured it.


Missouri Wagyu Beef Meat Loaf
We were all still quite hungry after splitting everything so we decided to get serious and ordered some larger entrees to share such as the Ribeye, the Pearl Barley "Risotto", and you know we always have to order scallops if they're on the menu!


Ribeye
The "Risotto" came with Ozark wild mushrooms, leeks, shaved Oregon black truffles, parmesan, and Bee Simple petite herbs. I think I got most of this one, which made me quite happy.


Pearl Barley "Risotto"
Luckily, there were four scallops here so we didn't have to fight!


Cast-Iron Skillet Seared Diver Scallops
I was finally starting to feel full, but once again, I got sucked into the dessert course. 

Patience ordered the Sweet Potato Creme Brulee and of course I ended up with the Flourless Chocolate Cake.

The Creme Brulee came with a pecan-cranberry oatmeal cookie.


Double Star Farms Sweet Potato Creme Brulee
My chocolate cake came with blueberries in a red wine syrup. Love the decoration!


Flourless Chocolate Cake
This is certainly a place we'd definitely go back to in order to try out a few more dishes and to see what the other seasons will hold.

Resources:

J. McArthur's = http://www.jmcarthurs.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon