We devoured beer-battered coconut shrimp rolled in coconut and served with Mandarin Dragon dipping sauce. Pan-seared potsticker dumplings filled with pork, carrots, cabbage, scallions, and served over spicy slaw. A crock of French Onion soup topped with housemade croutons instead of a thick slab of bread.
Even though they looked a little on the skimpy side, the traditional English pub-style fish 'n' chips delivered on flavor with a New England-style batter with a hint of malt vinegar already in the mix. I dug the Bayou Chicken sandwich featuring Cajun-blacked chicken, jalapeno cheese, bacon honey-mustard, lettuce, tomato and onion.
One of the things that impressed me about both sandwiches we sampled was the abundance of quality meats used and the refreshingly welcome restraint of cheese and condiment overload. The Bayou Chicken Sandwich, for example, had a delightful smear of melty jalapeno cheese instead of a giant slick of the stuff.
In the name of research we felt obliged to sample desserts as well, so we ordered three of 'em with five spoons.
Although ridiculously decadent and satisfying, these resembled the same over-the-top treats you see at many chain restaurants, so I suspect these were not made fresh on the premises. Nonetheless, the Giant Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Pie and Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake were big calorie-packing hits.
During three visits, we encountered only two small glitches, not bad for a new kid on the block. The wrong appetizer was delivered to our table one day, but the waitress caught and fixed the mistake before we even had a chance to tell her. The chocolate cake was billed as one of the molten-lava variety but was decidedly ooze-free.
Minor issues, both.
Recovery is enjoying some pretty good buzz around town, and I haven't run into a patron yet who hasn't liked the place. It's also been busy no matter what time of day I've popped in.
If you just want to go have a few drinks while catching a game, beverage choices alone are impressive. There are 20 beers on tap, including both locals and imports, along with an eclectic selection of bottled brews, better-than-average wines and a full bar.
And if you're a frequent visitor, which I seem to be working toward, you can pick up a Hall of Fame loyalty card that earns points for future discounts or freebies.
I keep playing it over in my head, and there really isn't anything not to like at Recovery, except for maybe the unfortunate name. (What's up with that?)
I'm a big fan. Borderline fanatic, actually.
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