a 30th birthday celebration & a restaurant review:: rathbun’s

Last week, we celebrated Craig’s 30th birthday a little early, as we were traveling to Nashville for the long weekend over his actual birthday. We have been to Kevin Rathbun Steak sevel times and love it, so we decided to try out the sister restaurant, Rathbun’s. The restaurant is in the BottleWorks Building and has a really industrial feel on the outside, but is dark and cozy inside. We had a great waiter who gave us what I think were pretty honset opinions on what to order… like when I asked about the special Krog Candy Bar dessert, he made a face and said that would not be the best choice, which was much appreciated!

I think if you’ve been reading any of my other posts about restaurants we’ve visited, you’ll know that my two favorite things at a restaurant are appetizers and desserts. So we started off with the flatbread pizza with carmelized onions, local chevre, and honey. It was super thin and crispy, and the flavors were really interesting.

Craig had the Sea Scallop Benedict on Country Ham Grits with asparagus and spiced hollandaise… he ate every bit. I had one of the specials from the “Second Mortgage” section — filet, grits, and charred corn with gouda cheese… so, so good! I’m a sucker for creamy grits with just about any meal.

The waiter brought Craig a birthday dessert on the house — Banana Peanut Butter Cream Pie — and he also ate every bite of that. Sensing a trend here? I don’t do bananas (except in banana bread), so I just sampled the cream on top, which was really thick, sweet, and delightful.  We of course had to try something else as well, so we got the Warm Gooey Toffee Cake with Jack Daniels Ice Cream, too. We gobbled it up! It was a fabulous way to start off Craig’s 30th birthday weekend…. and now on to our Nashville trip!

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