Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We have a new restaurant in our neighborhood! Parka is 3 weeks old, so it was about time Paul and I ventured over to check it out. The menu is sparse when it comes to descriptions of the dishes, so it was a fun surprise to see the plates all gussied up when they came to us. We sat at the counter by the cooks so we got a good view of the elaborate and quirky plating (MN shaped platters, soup presented in chicken pitchers).
Paul got the fish fry. His fish was plated with a ton of flavorful creams, sauces and garnishes. We think the clear gel was grapefruit and we know for sure there were dehydrated jalapeno slices and charred cucumber spears. $12!
I got the kale salad. The kale salad was a take on a waldorf salad, so it had a mayo based dressing. Some of the kale had been seared, which made it a bit crispy and toasty tasting. The other toppings included grapes, humboldt fog cheese and thinly sliced apples. It was super satisfying and well priced at $8.
Parka is co-located with a fun home furnishings store called Forage Modern Workshop. We headed over to peruse their goods but not before finishing the meal with a Gray Duck Chai and a ginger cookie. I was excited to see that they had birch hooks from The Vermont Branch Company in stock at Forage. I nabbed one so that the towel by our back door (for dirty dog feet) finally has a proper place to hang!
Paul and I are happy to have a new restaurant in our neighborhood. We will be adding it to our list of options when we want to treat ourselves and/or are too lazy to cook. I hope they continue to devote menu space to at least 2 good vegetarian items.
Posted by Trinity at 7:00 AM