Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tribute

Tribute is the latest modern american restaurant to open and offer traditional "comfort food." When we went it was a rainy October night so the setting was perfect. The restaurant is located in the Green Seal LEED-certified Essex Inn and the decor definitely resembles the new age recycled "green" look. But I'm an environmentalist at heart so a green restaurant is awesome even if there's some style (e.g. cheap looking) deficiencies. The menu is as expected with many appealing and intriguing options. We started with truffle fries and dry rub ribs though many other options looked good (fried chicken salad, lobster roll, crab cakes, lobster mac n cheese, etc).

For our main course our four top ordered mirror images: Erica and I ordered the Yankee Pot and BBQ Salmon which was replicated by Eric and Rebecca. Usually I would demand a recount and require variety but I'm glad we did not because those two dishes were very good. On a return visit (or recommend to others) I would try the Burger, Pork Chop or Chicken Fried Steak. For a side we ordered asparagus.








Our favorites included the pot roast (super tender and well flavored) and the dry rub ribs (served with lettuce to make a wrap) that fell off the bone and had great seasoning. The BBQ salmon was good, not world shattering but plenty of flavor (even though I could have used more BBQ). The asparagus were way over salted and the fries were solid. Our service was fine and the value reasonable ($80 per couple sharing a bottle of wine). Everything at Tribute seemed safe and reliable - which isn't always a bad thing when describing American "comfort" food in a quasi hotel restaurant. It's solid for visitors and has a great location for park views and breaks.

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