The Annex has basically been blowing up my social media for the past two months — from all the foodie friends that I love and trust. So, you know, I followed suit and finally got over there for dinner. Up until then, I had only been to The Annex for their tasty brunch.
My friends did not lead me astray.
FIRST! The Sage Collins ($9), seen below, was a great cocktail to start the night with!
We had a great meal at The Annex — their menu really offers some unique dishes and old favorites with some great surprises.
Take, for example, the Deviled Eggs ($4). They start with organic hen eggs, tarragon, and sea salt – but the sauce that they come with also adds another dimension. They were pure velvet in your mouth, with a surprising amount of balanced, yet zesty flavor. They were also really pretty. 🙂
We also started off with The Grilled Octopus ($10), because it is one of my favorite things to eat of all time. Honestly, if you haven’t eaten perfectly grilled octopus, you are missing out on life. This dish was perfection (also gorgeous). The octopus had just enough of the grilled and smokey parts, as it did the very tender tentacles. I love both…so a little char for me is totally required. The dish was also garnished amazingly: Zurzan’s Beans, Radicchio, Blue Sky Greens, Lemon — all which really brought out the natural flavor of the octopus; nothing overpowered or outdid this beautiful sea creature. It was so so good.
For our meals, it was a hard choice. I really wanted housemade pasta, because I had not had pasta in months and it was just…time. So, the Mushroom Tagliatelle ($14) with housemade Ricotta sounded pretty wonderful. And it was. Creamy, but not too rich — with more of a hint of mushroom, rather than large, overpowering mushroom flavor. The noodles were outstanding and the housemade ricotta tied everything together. It was also a perfect portion, which I really appreciate (Chelsea, STOP EATING THE PASTA NOW!). 😉
Now, here is where my love for our trip to The Annex gets real.
The outstanding service.
Russ ordered the Lamb Burger (Feta Cheese, Romesco Sauce, Arugula, Tomato, Fries, $24)) and asked for it medium rare. The burger came out and was beautiful, but the lamb was much more on the rare side than he really liked — and when you are paying $24 for a burger you want to LOVE it. Of course, no one ever likes sending their food back, but our server Josh was so amazing about the whole thing. He took the burger, no problem, without asking a question. Then, while the Chef was making another one – he sent out the soup of the day so that Russ would have something to eat while I enjoyed my meal. Talk about service — Chef Craig Gerome knows what’s up. Also, when the new burger came out, it was obvious that it was an entirely new plate – new burger, new fries, new pickle. I can’t tell you how many times I have sent back a piece of meat because it was too rare and the same piece comes back, just cooked a little more. Not always terrible practice, but the Chef really went over and above to make this right, and it was noticed and appreciated! Also, the Lamb Burger was delicious!
We really loved our experience out at The Annex — everything from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere was very much appreciated and enjoyed. If you want to see and read more about what this great restaurant is serving up, head over to one of my fave food websites, Gastronomic SLC and read the showcase they recently published.
Find The Annex by Epic Brewing at 1048 East 2100 South, Suite 110 in Sugarhouse
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