Mike and Anne’s Restaurant and Bar

Dec 28, 2009

Earlier this month my sister Judy visited for a long weekend. We treated ourselves to a girls’ night out at Mike and Anne’s and I couldn’t resist snapping a quick shot of the cozy setting.

I’ve mentioned this restaurant before, but it deserves a lengthy rave. You know how a lot of hyped places are heavy on trend but light on real flavor? Not Mike and Anne’s. Sure, every artfully presented menu item resembles something envisioned by a highly competitive castmember of Top Chef, but this kitchen follows through. Each bite reveals complex flavors that delight, comfort and inspire. (Want a taste of heaven? Go for the pork chop with braised red cabbage, sweet potatoes, stonefruits and lingonberry sauce. Go. GO!)

During evening hours the dining room dims into a relaxing interior twilight — lots of warm wood tones lit by flickering candles. Breakfast/lunch is bright and casual, and you can choose to sit outside in a charming patio setting. They even have a kid-friendly grill-cheese sandwich on the lunch menu.

Don’t even try to stick to a diet if you go for dinner. Judy and I each had our own appetizer and entree — and we still didn’t split dessert. She got the crème brûlée, I got the chocolate pot de creme. In a word? Yummmmm.

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