Saturday, September 29, 2012

Date night and restaurant review

Provo, UT

Jared and I have been wanting to go to this hip new restaurant on University Avenue. I run by there fairly often and the aroma surrounding the place is mouthwatering. The restaurant is always packed full of people. Several friends of ours had been, and recommended it highly.

When the opportunity came and Jared and I decided one night to have a date out on the town, we chose this as the restaurant. (We have a running list, so far there are 7 places we really want to try.)

Our first impressions were good, the place is family run and owned, and it is much smaller inside than one might expect, with only about 15 tables (they each seat 4 people). The lighting is somewhat dim, and  the vibe inside is kind of contemporary urban meets Native American.

We were told it would be a 35 minute wait, and although longer than we wanted to wait, we decided it would be worth it, and we took a long walk around Center (and added another restaurant to our list while doing so). Going back to the restaurant, our appetites and expectations mounted higher and higher.

We placed our order: Shrimp and polenta for an appetizer, Jared ordered a Goat Burger, goat cheese in the burger patty, sauteed mushrooms and served on nandiskaadi bread (a Navajo flatbread) and sweet potato fries, and I a Green Chile stew with Indian Fry Bread.

We were so excited.

1 hour later the waitress said that the kitchen was behind because there were several large groups in front of us. Did we want Fry Bread with honeybutter? No, but thank you, we want to be hungry for the food.

The appetizer came out and was AMAAAAAZING!! Blue and yellow polenta with tons of cheese in it, and a chili adobo sauce on the shrimp. Seriously, it was heaven. I wish I had taken a picture, but we were so hungry we didn't think of it until there was only a smear of chili sauce left of the plate...

Again, we ate most of the burger before I remembered to take a picture. It was really really good.

Thirty minutes later, still no entree. The waitress came back and told us she has misplaced our order, and written down items different than we had ordered, which were almost ready. The waitress apologized so profusely and actually told us she was going to buy our whole dinner for us, since she had made such a mistake. We were not going to argue with that :) So Jared got a delicious Bleu Burger and I got the Navajo taco trio. This is actually the specialty of the house. The trio has three different kinds of taco: green chili, red chili and bean (a special mix of their own.) They did bring us the sweet potato fries, which were the best I have ever had. They were thick and full of flavor and best of all did not taste deep fried at all.

They were all extremely courteous, and although the food we ended up eating was not what we ordered, we loved it. I probably would not order the Trio again; it tasted great but I don't particularly love that kind of food. The red chili was my favorite of the three (it's on the right). I think the burgers are better than the tacos. I definitely want to go back and try the soup. And Jared wants to get the goat burger. So back we will go. And we plan to take some friends with us.

For atmosphere, food and service (mistake included) I would rate this place a 4 out of 5.

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