To celebrate Paul getting a job and a US driver's license this week, we went to a slightly upscale restaurant on Friday called Scratch.
Paul and I go out to eat a lot, at least once a week, so we have experienced great restaurants and very bad restaurants. Scratch was one of the best we have ever been to! The atmosphere, staff, and food were all amazing. To start, we ordered calamari, probably the best I've ever had. Then as entrees, I got the salmon, described as: caprese style, wild salmon topped with oven roasted yellow tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar reduction, served with a house-made seasonal vegetable. I pretty much died and went to heaven when I tasted the tomatoes and cheese with the salmon. It was fab. Paul, of course, ordered the steak. It looked really good, on a bed of sauteed mushrooms and surrounded by a mushroom aus ju. He confirmed it's greatness by saying, "This is the best steak I ever had." For dessert we were overly ambitious and ordered two to share, with me getting homemade mini donuts and Paul getting chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. We weren't able to finish them but until we reached our breaking point they were fantastic.
One of the reasons I really like this restaurant is because everything is made from scratch, and they try their hardest to find locally grown and in-season ingredients. Too bad not all restaurants do this.
We will definitely be coming back to this place. Even though it was pricey, this was probably the #1 best restaurant experiences we have had to date.