After being apart for a solid 8 days Mr. J and I finally reunited late Thursday night. It was too long to be apart. We were able to make it through Friday and enjoyed a much needed date night on Saturday. It was really just a night out but we called it our belated Valentine's Day treat.
We went to Mohegan Sun Casino and ate at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain. We don't gamble but after our first visit last fall we realized there is a pretty good selection of nice restaurants. This was one we had been eying for a while.
Mr. J is obsessed with Raw Bars. Every time we go to a restaurant with one he has to get oysters or something. The last time this happened was in Charlotte. That trip didn't end well. Although he didn't get sick because of the seafood I was still leery of him jumping right back in. He was not and promptly ordered this Crab-Coconut Shellfish Cocktail.
I had the worst time trying to decide which appetizer to order. There were so many optioned that sound delicious. I was trying to see what everyone else around me had as well. I ended up with the Boston Bib, Bacon, Poached Egg, and Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing Salad. It was delicious. The lettuce was very tender. Being so busy with work this past week, I didn't have time to eat quite so much. My stomach shrunk. I was starting to feel full after this salad.
I was not happy because I was waiting for my main course to come out. I ordered the Fulton Fish Market Cioppino with Sour Dough Toast. It was so good. I am a sucker for all things with spicy tomato sauce and seafood. This dish was exceptional. There was a ton of basil and it was served with lobster. In Maine we always get soft shelled lobster. This one was hard shell and a pain in the butt to get the meat out. The claw kept slipping out of my hand and I couldn't break through. Mr. J came to the rescue though. He struggled a bit but eventually was able to break the shell opened. All of the seafood was cooked perfectly and pretty much melted in your mouth.
Mr. J got the Rack of Pork with Double Apple Butter, Jack Daniels, and Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese. He enjoyed it very much, especially the double bone part of the pork chop. I sampled a bit of the smashed potatoes and they were so decadent. You could tell there was a whole lot of cream and goat cheese going on in there. They were some of the best potatoes I have ever had. I went out and got some goat cheese just to try and replicate them again soon.
Although we were both pretty full we ended up getting a dessert. We always have trouble ordering since I want the chocolate and he wants the apple dish. We compromised with a blackberry souffle. And to tell you the truth, I don't know when I would not order the souffle if there was one listed. They are so go and definitely not something you just whip up for fun at home. OK I would probably do that but they are by far the best dessert to order out. This one was not the exception. They opened it up and pour creme anglais right down the center. It was warm and gooey and utterly fantastic.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.