Comfort Chef Jason Alley has opened a new restaurant on Grace St. that will blow your mind. Pasture is a southern tapas style restaurant that makes serving local, seasonally inspired, fresh dishes a priority. The restaurant has the feel of a deli or perhaps a picnic, where you order a little of everything to share and nibble.
Small plates is my favorite way of eating, since you get to have a bite of everything instead of having a single one note meal. I went with my friend Naureen and her awesome hilarious cousins Amena and Yusef. Going with a good group of open minded people is the best way to do it, since you get to try a bit of everything. And we seriously tried almost every item on the menu….and the cocktail menu.
I dare say this might be my favorite cocktail list in town. Everything is very strong, barely sweetened, and incredibly unique. Even if you you thought one of them was a little weird tasting and not your style, you still had to give the little guy kudos for being an individual. I hate when you order a cocktail and it is all mix, or mainly simple syrup, I am like an old redneck who want to taste the liquor in the drink and have whatever its’ shaken with bring out the flavor.
After a drink at the bar we sat down at our table where our FABULOUS waiter came and explained the menu and how to order. He stressed the importance that the menu is always changing and includes as many ingredients from area farms as possible. In fact, Chef Alley has been to most all of the farms and surveyed the property so he has seen how the produce was raised. It was EXACTLY like this scene from Portlandia, we all started laughing so I hope the poor guy didn’t think we were making fun of him:
(I apologize ahead of time, all of the pictures are a wee bit fuzzy, I think I was just too excited to punch the food into my mouth so I snapped them way too quickly and was in too big of a feeding frenzy to care or correct them…I will work on it for the next review)
We started with the pimento cheese and the beet salad with hazelnuts.
Next we went on to some of the heavy lifting
If you think we were stuffed from all of this delicious southern fare, you were probably right, but don’t think we are mere mortals that won’t push past the wall of fullness to enjoy dessert. It is my favorite part of a meal.
This was really good, I almost licked the plate. I have to say that the salted carmel was the best part of this treat. The pie was good, but not better than those McDonald’s apple pie turnover things, both taste yummy but aren’t terribly innovative. The carmel is what makes this interesting.
But then this little nugget of joy came out, and I was a believer again.
If I could eat one dessert for the rest of my life, this might be it…if I could have some ice cream with it. It was so so so rich and chocolately with that lovely hazelnutty nutella goodness, ahhhh I need to take a chill pill just thinking about how f*&$ing delicious this was. Men when you think the women in your lives are being bitchy- this will smooth over all hormonal imbalances. We finally tapped out after this guy did cartwheels of joy in our mouths like it was trying to get our taste buds to go on parade.
I love the decor in the restaurant and think the aqua they chose for the wall that they sporadically matched to the chairs was adorable. The white walls and bright lights made it a bit too sterile though and I think they should definitely dim the lights and play some music, the fact that there was no music made it feel a bit like a cafeteria, but those are all easy fixes.
All in all Pasture is definitely one of my new favs, and with a menu that changes constantly I will absolutely be going back…like right now does anyone want to go??