Roasted Tomato Soup
Red Eye Revival made with Whistle Pig
Grilled Local Calamari
Crusted Nantucket Fluke
Rabbit Ragu at Artisan
People throw around big words all the time, so much so that they begin to lose their meaning. Foodie, farm to table, organic, handmade, and artisan (to name a few). It’s not that we hate these words or what they stand for, but take artisan for example…brands like Lays hijacked the word and weakened the cache it carries with machine-created artisi-ficial products. With that being said, there’s a restaurant set away in the Delamar Hotel called Artisan that actually lives up to its name.
In style, it’s sleek, modern, and comfortable, while the food is American at heart, though it is inspired and influenced by a classically trained French chef, Frederic Kieffer. Along with working at various restaurants in Paris, he has also worked at Windows on the World, C’est si Bon, Gaia, and l’escale, Artisan’s sister restaurant. And, you can add another feather to his cap: gardener. That’s because he manages, grows, and helps to pick herbs in the Artisan patio garden. Rosemary, Genovese Basil, Sweet Thai Basil, chives, lemongrass, parsley, Italian Parsley, and other herbs are all at Chef Kieffer‘s disposal throughout the summer and fall. And, because there isn’t an infinite amount of space at Artisan and the Delmar, they get a big portion of local produce from Gilberties Farm in Westport, even planting some of their own veggies and herbs there. Now that is artisan: cultivating and creating beautifully finished products by hand.
Our delivery meal from Tabouli Grill: falafel, shawarma, and Israeli salad. Oh yeah.
So, memba’ that post about the awesome Israeli and Middle Eastern food at Tabouli Grill? Yeah, we do too–their falafel, shawarma, and schnitzel never leave our thoughts. Seems like lots of other people also know because they won “Best Ethnic Restaurant” from Best of Stamford 2011. Nice to see the little guys recognized for their cuisine, though we can’t say the same is true for some of the chain restaurants that won. Kinda sad.
But, this isn’t about big chains, this post is about Tabouli Grill expanding to Southport! Yup, they announced this on their FB page so we had some questions. We spoke to Mamadou at the High Ridge Rd. location and he gave us the lowdown. To begin, they’ll be setting up shop where Ole Mole used to be: 3381 Post Road in Southport, CT. They will be open in just a few short weeks, but wait, there’s more! They’ll offer some of the same great fare that has made Tabouli Grill such a success. Here’s the killer, though: they are going to work in organic ingredients into their meals.
We’re all excited to try out the new food and we’re totally jealous of everybody who lives nearby Southport. Then again, we live just minutes away from the original Tabouli Grill…close enough even for delivery! ;) Nah nah nee poo poo!
Address: 3381 Post Road