We started out our Friday night by stopping in for a drink at LFK, home of some of our favorite drinks and one of my favorite burgers-the LFK burger with pimento cheese.
After settling in to enjoy our cocktails, we encountered our friend Wayne. He asked us if we had ever tried the burger next door at Petite Jacqueline. In the pursuit of yumminess, my wife and I agreed we should try it out.
For any who have never been to Petite Jacqueline, they do a fantastic job of cooking everything French. Burgers being an iconic American dish made me slightly hesitant to try their version. In order to offset any potential risk, we began with some charcuterie: super rich duck liver pate, fantastic deviled eggs and some yummy cheese. Their list of things to taste was extensive. The board was served with crispy toasted crackers and a small house made baguette. delicious!
When our burgers arrived topped generously with perfectly melted cheese and accompanied by a large pile of fries, I knew that our friend had not lead us astray. The burger was perfectly cooked, and had the dense yet chewy texture that only comes from high quality house ground meat. I loved the choice of using gruyere and the addition of caramelized onions. The sandwich was rich with fat and cheese, but not greasy. Definitely worth trying.
I woke up yesterday in a bit of a funk. It had been a long week with a lot of negativity, and the dark forces of the world had worn me down. At that point I felt like I had two options: sit at home and wallow in my misery, or plan a day of excess and joy. I went for the later option. I promptly fixed myself a boozy coffee and let my wife Jennifer know that today was her turn to be DD. As a back-plan we always keep Home Runners on speed dial.
Our first stop was Central Provisionsto try their brunch. We arrived at 11:00, and practically had the place to ourselves. I’d say we got lucky, by the time our first drinks arrived, the place was filled with both Frankie’s crooning and a bustling crowd. Unless you get up at the crack of dawn, I would recommend a reservation. Setting the tone I decided to skip the mimosa and decided to try all of their whiskey drinks. I began with something called a corpse reviver and then worked my way through the The List. All were satisfying, potent, and flavorful.
We then began by ordering the cinnamon roll, beautiful fritters filled with ham and cheese, and a concoction of seared sheep’s milk cheese and onions.
Our next round of our eating frenzy was to try the breakfast sandwich, a decadent mix of Munster egg, and foie gras. Followed by a heavenly mix of salt cod lemon and a poached egg, served on top of thick toasted bread. Time for an intermission. We said our goodbyes, settled our tab and headed up the street to our favorite neighborhood barLFK. I of course indulged in more drinks.
Jennifer enjoyed some coffee. We both enjoyed the company of the crowd and the conversation of the best bar tender/host in the city Hutch.
After some proper digestion we continued our day of excess next door with lunch at Pai Men Miyake. Where we shared a delicious whiskey pot (mostly me) and enjoyed some delicious ramen.
Pai Men Miyake
Pain Men Miyake
My ramen had tender rich braised short rib as the protein, and I took the option of adding pork belly. Full to bursting, and a weeble wobbly joy. Having vanquished the Forces of Darkness we then called it a day and made our way home.