Our good friends invited us out to dinner as a thank you for being the best kitty sitters in the world (I’m a little biased). We decided to go out for Restaurant Week! If you’re not familiar – it’s a week where restaurants offer special deals on a limited menu. This year it was $26.11 per person and you were typically having 3 courses with 1-3 options per course.
But before we headed out for our delicious dinner, we stopped at Dutch’s Wine Bar in East Hyde Park.
They have quite a selection of beers and wines – they always have new things on tap as well. If you’re a fan of either – it’s a good stop. Most everybody was heading out to the patio because it was a beautiful 50 degree evening!
Larry went to the bathroom and had to take a picture because it was so unique. I have to say – it was definitely picture worthy! Pretty hip for a urinal! haha
After Dutch’s, we made the short trip over to Hugo in Oakley. I went to Hugo’s once for Restaurant Week a few years ago but haven’t been back – so I was very excited.
Rob decided he had to get some of their fritters (Sweet Corn, Mascarpone, Thyme, Chili Jam $8). Larry couldn’t eat them because they did have eggs – but the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed them. I wasn’t a big fan of the jam but they were very tasty with the butter. They had a nice sugar coating on the outside as well. They’re definitely not what I was expecting – almost like a donut texture.
We also were brought out fresh bread – delicious. I have to say – this experience was definitely better than the last time. They used to only allow the Restaurant Week diners to eat in the bar area – now – you can sit in with the regular folks. RW has been much more widely adopted so I’m not surprised to see this happen. It’s really a great chance to try someplace you might not regularly go at a more affordable price.
We all chose the Fried Green Tomatoes for the First Course (Confit Tomato, Buttermilk, Crab $9 – prices listed are regular menu price – not what we paid or portion size for Restaurant Week). I have often heard about these but never tried them.
We also all got the Hugo salad (New Potato, Local Greens, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Smoked Pommery Vinaigrette $8) – great minds were thinking alike – for the Second Course. This is a very interesting salad – there was hardly any goat cheese (boo!) and the potatoes were an interesting ingredient. But all in all – I did like it.
The rest of us went for the Hugo specialty of Shrimp & Grits (Grits, White Cheddar, Tasso Ham, Herbs, Demi $26). Wow is all I can say. I don’t really like grits – of course the only grits I’d had were at Waffle House. These were delicious! I mean – they are gritty – but the cheddar definitely made them delicious. The shrimp was so large and flavorful. It was decadent! I’d be hard-pressed to try anything else when I return!
Now although we were all full and happy – our fantastic waiter came back and asked us about dessert. There were two items that jumped out at us. First Rob & Sarah got the peanut butter pie – we snagged a bite and it was delicious. For Larry – it was egg-free! That’s a homemade marshmallow on the side too.
I was stopped instantly on the Double Chocolate Bread Pudding…holy moly I had to get that! It was really great – moist, warm and rich. The ice cream added a great creaminess to the dessert. It was really delicious.
I also want to add – our server was fantastic. We mentioned Larry’s egg allergy and he immediately went back and checked with the Chef. He came back and let us know that 99% of the Restaurant Week menu was egg-free! His excellent service was definitely appreciated.
Why Should You Go? Hugo was a really great experience. It’s a very cozy and pretty restaurant on the inside. It has a warmth about it in the ambiance and the food. I loved it and would definitely go back for a special occasion.