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Monday, October 1, 2012

Update: Sun in My Belly

Everybody loves Sun in My Belly. The restaurant is in an old storefront in Kirkwood. I'm not sure why, but the kind of rustic interior often reminds me of "dinner on the grounds" under tents at churches in rural Georgia during my years of working there. It's homey. Everyone is friendly. The menu is comfort food.

But the service kinda sucks. At least it did when six of us visited last Friday night. I hate saying that because the staff was so nice. But oy veh. We waited and waited for a server to come to the table. Things even got bizarre when a ramekin of mac and cheese was set in front of one of us, Frank. This was before any apps had come to the table.

I asked the server why he'd brought it and he said he wasn't sure. The kitchen had told him to deliver it.

More after the jump

Later we learned that Frank had ordered asparagus, along with mac and cheese, with his meat loaf. The server abbreviated it as ASP, which the kitchen read as ASAP, referring to the macaroni. So it was jet-propelled to the table. In other words, it was good but misdirected service.

I ordered the four-course supper special and the server brought my first two courses, stuffed eggs with bacon jam and lentil soup, at the same time. There were also prolonged disappearances. Maybe the restaurant was short on staff.

Most of the food was pretty good. The (pureed) lentil soup was garnished with dried-cherry creme fraiche and that did not work for me. The soup was already strongly seasoned. The eggs were bacony and therefore tasty.

We also tried a plate of fried green tomatoes topped with "spicy" pimento cheese and mussels in a coconut broth. Nice flavors but bordering on cliches.

I thought my entree was the best thing on the table — an espresso-braised lamb shank served over gnocchi tinged with orange. Others ordered the competent meatloaf with tomato jam. And one person ordered a grilled pork chop that had been marinated in "sweet-tea brine" and topped with a mustardy butter with dried peaches.The chop was a little dry, as was my molasses cake. A better choice was the "chocolate bomb," with "drunken mocha glaze."

All in all, our meal was enjoyable, especially for the comparatively low prices. If I were you, I'd pay attention to the nightly four-course special ($35). The food is a little more creative, it seems. The rest of the menu, in my opinion, needs revision and updating.

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