Afterward, we went to the new Sprig in the Decatur area. The place was packed and I ran into two chefs who said they'd received very slow service but found the food mainly good. (When a chef says "mainly good" about another restaurant, it translates as "very good" to the rest of us.) I also spotted Tom Key, one of the city's best actors.
We arrived about 8 p.m., an hour before closing, and the restaurant was clearing out. So, we had no serious lapses in service. All four of us found the food quite good. Our friends Brad and Eric, the implacable foodies, recognized many of the local sources of ingredients listed on a black board — including a pretty damn magnificent bratwurst that Eric ordered.
I ordered lamb stroganoff, which I'm inclined to say was the weakest dish on the table. The little cubes of lamb were flavorful enough, but they were tossed in a bowl with penne that tasted undercooked to me (and to Brad, who lives much of the year in Rome). The menu said the dish also includes mushrooms but I literally only found a couple of tiny slices.
Brad's grouper — encrusted with sweet potatoes and served with beets and brussel sprouts — was very pleasing. Ditto for Wayne's pan-seared chicken breast with "ham bread pudding."
Look for a full report in "Grazing" later this week.
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