Oh my gosh, can I just tell you how so, so excited I was for dinner last night?!?
For the month of June, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Foodbuzz 24 x 24 program. When I submitted my proposal, I had said that I wanted to take the opportunity to surprise the hubby with a nice meal out at a fun, new local restaurant.
For the past few months, Jay has been working so hard both at work and around the house. I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am to have a guy who will do laundry, vacuum and dust because he knows it bothers my asthma, do dishes, clean the pool, mow the lawn (except for that rare occasion that I do it), cook dinners, and then still do 101 other things above and beyond that. I am just so lucky to have this amazing guy in my life.
(one of the best nights EVER right there)
So as a little thank you, I thought it would be nice to treat him to a surprise date night dinner at a new to us restaurant in town, Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill.
I knew I had to make our dinner date a bit early since Jay got unexpectedly called out later in the evening, but it worked well since we were able to score a seat right out on the patio.
Immediately upon seating, we were served a warm bread basket and butter.
The bread was tasty, and those enormous cracker-looking things were actually pretty delicious too. At first, Jay and I didn’t even know what they were and we weren’t quite sure if we should even eat them. Glad we did.
Both of us had eaten pretty lightly during the day and we definitely went with our appetites ready. To start, I told Jay that we absolutely, 100% had to order the 7 Hour Cherry Pepper Pork.
I had the pleasure of trying this menu item quite a few years back when I visited Angelo’s other restaurant, 677 Prime, and was psyched to see it at this location as well.
This dish. Seriously incredible. The pork is so tender and flavorful, the homemade potato chips are perfect, and it has just the perfect amount of spice to it. Jay was definitely a huge fan of this dish, just as I suspected.
For my entrée, I was going back and forth between the salmon and the filet, but since I know I can cook salmon at home, I ultimately decided on the filet mignon.
Such a great decision.
The filet literally just fell apart in my mouth and I loved the fact that it didn’t need a bunch of crazy sauces like that to make it taste good. The flavor was perfect on its own.
The sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes that came with it were also both delicious (I substituted the potatoes for the quinoa since it doesn’t always agree with my stomach and I wasn’t in the mood to risk it). One of the cool things about this dish was that it was on their “Most Healthy” menu, which means it had 700 calories or less…but with the way that plate tasted, it could have had 1,700 and I wouldn’t have cared.
Jay ordered the sirloin which was also amazing.
Needless to say, our dinner was pretty quiet.
Now usually when Jay and I go out to eat, we’ll either do an appetizer with dinner, or a dessert with dinner, but not both. Last night, however, was a total exception. After looking at the dessert menu, we both spotted the Big, Big Chocolate Cake and decided we had to have it.
Now most of the time when I’ve ordered a slice of chocolate cake at a restaurant, it’s a decent size, but nothing that makes me think twice about it. I thought it was interesting that the menu listed the item as the Big, Big Chocolate Cake, so I was a bit interested to see what this thing was all about. As Jay and I sat and chatted, I spotted our waitress headed over with our dessert and my immediate reaction was, “Holy s*it, this is almost embarrassing.”
Never, have I ever, seen a piece of cake like this before…
The cake was served with vanilla ice cream, a glass of milk (which I thought was so clever) and some crushed Heath Bar bits (at my request).
This piece of cake may have been embarrassingly large, but after taking my first bite, that whole embarrassment factor was the last thing on my mind. Oh em geee.
The two of us kept looking at each other, smiling and laughing while eating bite after bite of this amazingly decadent concoction. We both also decided that this dessert has now made its way to the top of our list of favorite restaurant desserts. I am not afraid to say that this may be the best restaurant dessert I’ve ever had. Wow.
We made a solid effort in an attempt to finish the whole piece (which our waitress jokingly said she was sure we could tackle), but in the end, we had to throw in the towel.
For us to not finish a dessert (especially one as amazing as this) is a very, very rare occurrence, but ultimately, this thing was just too much. I will most definitely be back for that cake again…but I think next time, I’ll stick to just a salad before.
Jay and I both left with happy and very full bellies, indeed. We were beyond pleased with our experience at Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill, and I was so happy to have the opportunity to surprise Jay with such a delicious dinner.
I was also pretty happy that I decided to wear pants with a little extra stretch to them.
Question for the Morning:
What’s the best restaurant dessert you’ve ever had?