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Redwood Room – Rochester

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I can hardly believe that it was July when my friend Stacy and I dined at the Redwood Room in Rochester. In this post about Pinot Gris, I told you to “stay tuned tomorrow!” to hear more about this gem of a restaurant. Then I wrote nothing about it.

Well it’s time.

Because this place deserves some recognition.

You can dine at the Redwood Room either casually or if you are celebrating a special occasion. The dark interior and lighting give the basement venue a special sort of ambiance that might even make for a great first date. Better yet, they also have LIVE music nearly every night of the week. Although, on this trip, we dined too early to see any of that. I am not sure what time music generally starts. The online calendar just lists the date and name of the musician(s) that will be performing, but not what time they are expected to begin. I’d recommend calling for details and then making a reservation to ensure you get seating!

I remember being intrigued by the cocktail list online, but not finding those that interested me on the menu upon arrival. No matter. As I mentioned here, we happened upon a particularly delightful Pinot Gris:

Four Graces Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

Four Graces Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

We were brought some bread, which I remember as delightful as well:

543We started with an appetizer to share:

Risotto Fritters Spheres of Arborio risotto with a gooey center of smoked mozzarella and a crispy exterior of panko breadcrumbs . Served with a creamy artichoke tomato sauce. $8. 95

Risotto Fritters
Spheres of Arborio risotto with a gooey center of smoked mozzarella and a crispy exterior of panko breadcrumbs . Served with a creamy artichoke tomato sauce. $8.95

They were tasty; but we both agreed we would try something else next time. They were nothing like the risotto cakes that we were blown away by one New Year’s Eve at Sul Lago.

Stacy already knew what she wanted as her main course:

Shrimp Risotto Arborio rice cooked in our house made chicken stock tossed with Black Tiger sh rimp, sweet corn, pancetta, cream and fresh basil . $1 7 .95

Shrimp Risotto
Arborio rice cooked in our house made chicken stock tossed with Black Tiger shrimp, sweet corn, pancetta, cream and fresh basil. $17.95

The dish was just devine. Look at all of that fresh basil!

I was in a craving salmon that night. When I saw this entree for just $16, I was shocked. In the Twin Cities, you’d find a dish like this {and probably the risotto above} for at least $22. What a steal! Only an hour and a half south of from The Cities, Rochester offers some more affordable cuisine without sacrificing quality.

Cracked Pepper Salmon Fresh Atlantic salmon filet brushed with ro semary & garlic infused olive oil. Served with a creamy dill sauce and Redwood Room house rice. $1 5 .95

Cracked Pepper Salmon
Fresh Atlantic salmon filet brushed with rosemary & garlic infused olive oil. Served with a creamy dill sauce and Redwood Room house rice. $15.95

So good. For appearance purposes, the sauce could have been thinned a bit. But it tasted just fine. I love me a good creamy dill sauce and this hit the spot!

We did take a look at the dessert menu, but opted to pass, if only because our bellies were way too full.

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I guess we were in a seafood-kind-of-mood that night. But now I’m curious about those gourmet pizzas on the menu….

What’s your favorite seafood dish?

Have you found a restaurant that seems to be a better value for the quality than others?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Fins & Feathers

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My husband is allergic to…

AND

That’s right – fins and feathers. Well, not literally. But he is allergic to all poultry, fish, and seafood.

I’m not kidding.

He’s not I-need-an-EpiPen-or-I-think-I’ll-die allergic. However, if he eats any of these foods… well, first, put down that snack that you are mindlessly munching on while you surf the web.

Uh hem… If he eats these foods, his throat will get swollen, constrict and everything will eventually come back up. Not fun at all.

He likes to joke that he can only consume slow-moving land mammals.

This makes trying to lead a healthy lifestyle including a wide variety of lean meats, especially those including Omega-3s, nearly impossible. There are only so many recipes you can create with beef and pork until it starts to get old.

But that’s not all. There is a longer list of allergies, which include:

  • Poultry (but not eggs)
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwis
  • Bananas
  • Pinto Beans
  • Raspberries
  • Hazelnuts (newly discovered)

These are only the foods to which he is allergic. This list is not inclusive of the foods he just doesn’t like! And don’t even suggest that we can get our protein without meat. He won’t even order a pizza if it doesn’t have meat on it. Meatless meals are not an option.

The good news is that he’s picky about his meat. The beef has to be very lean and pork with minimal gristle. Consumption of fatty red meat daily could be a bigger cause for concern.

Which brings me to another reason why I’m so open to dining out: It’s another opportunity for me to eat chicken, fish, and seafood! (Of course, preparation matters, but that’s for another post.)

Still, after work Monday, I stopped at the grocery store and picked me up a good ol’ rotisserie chicken. We planned on eating dinner separately due to conflicting schedules. So I made myself a chicken sandwich.

Rotisserie Chicken, Spinach, Tomato & Havarti on a Toasted Bagel Thin with Grape Tomatoes

Sometimes something as simple as this can be absolute heaven when you don’t get it very often.

Do you have any allergies? Are there any simple meals that easily satisfy you?