We kids feared many things in those days - Werewolves, Dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School - but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.” Dave Barry.
This Friday we traveled to The Whelk in Westport, Connecticut for my birthday celebration dinner. The Whelk is owned by the same person as Le Farm, where I spent last year's birthday! When we entered, we were greeted by an extremely nice hostess, who welcomed me with a happy birthday (how did they know?), and guided us towards our table. We were then greeted by a very friendly waiter who helped my mom find things to eat with no wheat or dairy, and then took our orders. For our beverage order, we decided on homemade vanilla-lime soda , which was amazing.
To start our meal off, we ordered tender salt cod, juicy lobster, and smooth scrambled eggs on a crunchy crostini, as well as sweet and sour, warm Brussels sprouts drenched with silky olive oil (they just melted in your mouth!). In addition we ordered an abundance of crispy, salty hand-cut fries drizzled with olive oil. We tried to balance out the oil intake with a White Salad, tossed crisp raw vegetable, juice filled pears, tangy blue cheese, and flavorful, white balsamic.
Our entrees were made up of : roasted, succulent scallops with charred scallions and bacon that was crisped to perfection, warm cornmeal fried Catfish that was as light as air and melted like butter in your mouth. Finally we obtained: Black Back Flounder covered in hot butter and served with a side of rice and beans, and a crispy fried chicken sandwich that was fried to absolute perfection and smothered in pimento cheese, covered in toothsome bread and butter pickles. The chicken was slightly slippery but that did not ruin the fried delight. The food was overall very good and was all farm/sea-to table. It was all fresh tasting as well.
For dessert, I ordered a Whoopie Pie (two hard, chocolate cake slices, with a creme- like center). The Whoopie Pie was did not live up to my expectations, it was not a true Maine Whoopie Pie. As I awaited the arrival of my food, I got a chance to look at the atmosphere of The Whelk. The Whelk has a seaside theme and has a very unique and interesting look to it. The service was very accommodating and helpful. The value was quite expensive but good for a night on the town. Overall the Whelk was great, even with the few missteps and I would definitely go back soon. I would rate it ZZZZ- 4 Z's- Yum.
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