Continuing our quest to try some new restaurants this month, we had dinner at The Owl House, a tiny city restaurant which specializes in fresh, made-from-scratch food prepared with ingredients sourced from local providers whenever possible, including many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. For starters, we had the potato and leek soup of the day and the Owl’s baked nachos, with braised pork shoulder, melted cheddar and feta cheeses, tortilla chips, salsa verde guacamole, chipotle sour cream, cabbage slaw, black beans and sweet corn salsa. Whew!
For our entrees, we had the Owl burger with sun dried tomato jam, romaine lettuce and sliced red onion on sourdough and the braised pork sandwich with mustard barbeque sauce, pickled red onions and caper slaw on an onion roll. No room for dessert!
We also tried four wines by the glass from Owl House’s eclectic wine list:
- 2011 Forstreiter “Grooner” Gruner Veltliner, from Austria, of course – a fresh, crisp white wine with apple, grapefruit, and peach flavors. Light-bodied with good minerality and acidity and a nice clean, long finish.
- 2011 Heinz Eifel “Shine” Riesling from Pfalz, Germany – a drier-style Riesling with crisp acidity and fresh aromas and flavors of apple, pear and peach which compliment its stony minerality and earthy complexity.
- 2011 Bibi Graetz “Cassamatta” Toscana – “Cassamatta” means “crazy house” but this was a serious 100% Sangiovese house wine from Tuscany with flavors of blackberry, black cherry and spice and smooth tannins.
- 2011 Tenuta Rapitala Nero d’Avola from Sicily – an intensely colored, full bodied, dry red wine made from the most widely planted red grape variety in Sicily, with a good balance of red fruits, tannins and bright acidity.