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Proof

 

Well, this post took awhile to put up, but it’s too good of a restaurant to completely bypass.  Proof is located near Chinatown in D.C. and has had countless reviews raving about the food, service, ambiance and wine. It was America’s good friend Benjamin Franklin that said, “wine is proof that God loves us.” And so Proof got its name.

The chic restaurant has a dark ambiance floors and the bar is decorated top to bottom with wine. To start, I ordered three types of cheese — all of which I would recommend if I could remember which three they were. I recall the roquefort pairing well with both the figs and the honey.

I like to think I’m an adventurous eater, but Proof’s Crispy Pig Head was not the direction I wanted to go for my entree. If you do order the pig’s head please let me know and I’ll try to hide my feelings of disgust! Instead, I kept it somewhat simple and went with the organic chicken stuffed with goat cheese and wild mushroom served on top of polenta and rap. If you have never heard of rapini (which I had not) it is otherwise known as broccoli rabe. Of course the chicken was juicy and the goat cheese gave it that punch of flavor that chicken can often lack.

And of course I couldn’t leave Proof without ordering a dessert. The brioche bread pudding was soft with a not-too-sweet taste. Even better when you get a birthday candle sticking through it too.

Of course I’m going to recommend Proof, everything is perfect about it. My blog serves as the PROOF (ha!) as to how delicious it is, but you should find out for yourself.

 

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Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro

Like I said in my previous post, finding a nice restaurant in the Hampton Roads area is hard to come across. So much so, my family and I drove 30 minutes to experience the upscale Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro in Virginia Beach.

Located in the Town Center next to P.F. Chang’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Cheesecake Factory and Red Star Tavern this restaurant definitely has some neighborhood competition. But perhaps Sonoma’s 325 wine varieties and 70 by the glass are helping this restaurant stand out from the pack. The wines are lined up behind the bar with taps coming from each bottle. There is also a large fireplace when you enter the restaurant with comfy chairs and low tables. The warm painted walls and toasty feel made me feel as though I was in a Starbucks for a second.

They also get kudos from me for having a facebook account with their relationship status set as “its complicated.” Maybe worth mentioning that according to their page they are also interested in both men and women (woah, easy on the wine Sonoma).

Relationships aside, the food at Sonoma stands out from the surrounding restaurants. We started off with  baked jumbo lump crab baked with mozzarella cheese and artichokes.

The baked dip was pretty cheesy and had a surprisingly large amount of crab for the $12 appetizer. There was so much dip that we had to ask for some more bread. A few minutes later our waiter brought over a hot out-of-the-oven baguette.

I also decided to go with the soup special which was pumpkin crab.

My first bite (spoonful? sip?) made me think it was entirely too sweet. But after a few more and with the crab to cut the sweetness I slowly grew accustomed to the cinnamon, pumpkin and crab flavors.  Every time I tasted it I was still weary of that overpowering sweetness. On the other hand, the roasted red pepper soup had me coming back for spoonful after spoonful.

For my main course I went with something I usually never get out — chicken. For $20 I got a lightly golden battered chicken rolled with Serrano ham, boursin cheese (if you have never had this cheese do yourself a favor and get some), spinach and basil over top Mediterranean cous cous, cherry tomatoes and dollops of a fire roasted red pepper sauce.

The cous cous reminded be a little bit of risotto with that creamy texture. The chicken was moist and the dish reminded me of a modern twist on cordon bleu. The website for the restaurant says they use only the freshest ingredients for their french dishes. This meal was proof.

And after reading all this you may be wondering why I have yet to mention the wine. Well, I forgot my license back in Yorktown. Rookie mistake?

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