The Daily Dish serves up dishes that are “seasonally inspired and locally sourced,” and now that spring has finally arrived, it’s a great time to try them out. The space is warm and friendly, with the walls decorated with work from local artists. I love this community spirit. We were immediately given champagne and house-made pickled veggies with pork belly and greeted by co-owner Zena Polin, who would guide us through the tasting. They do know how to welcome a person!
Zena was super excited about the Rosé of Sangiovese, a dry wine with a strawberry finish only available a few months of the year. She compared it to a watermelon Jolly Rancher, which made me think it would be much sweeter, but it was dry and delicious. I would have asked for another glass if I had not been presented with a blood orange margarita shortly after which was strong and flavorful. Protip: Order it half priced wine night on Tuesdays, when it is on sale by the bottle.
First up, we sampled a crab cake, duck confit on endive with bacon and grape, and house-cured gravlax on cucumber with dill crème fraiche. The duck had a lovely sweet-savory-hot-cold harmony that was easy to eat all tucked in the endive. I liked the gravlax as well; it made me think of brunch food or a tea party.
I love gnocchi AND purple food, so I was super charmed by the purple sweet potato gnocchi with scallop. They describe their meals as “comfort food with a twist,” and this dish really exemplified that. The gnocchi was hearty, and I felt like I was getting my vitamins!
The star of the show was definitely the beef short rib. It was tender and served with a pudding of veggies, cheese, and bacon that was reminiscent of mashed potatoes. Soaking it all in gravy took it to the next level. I really wanted to eat the purple carrot as well, but was starting to slow down at this point.
For dessert, we had Thin Mint cookie ice cream and vegan chocolate cake and I got a second wind. Topping ice cream with Thin Mints is actually something we do at my house, so it is a personal fave for me. Usually when things are vegan I am not excited as it usually means the food was prepared with some kind of alternative way that is sub-par. That was not the case at all here–omission of other classic ingredients only brought out the chocolate flavor more. The cake was served with a Nebbiolo Ice Wine from Virginia, and I learned what ice wine is. It’s wine made from grapes that were frozen on the vine. Did you know that? Am I the only one who didn’t know that? Anyway, in traditional female fashion, dessert wine and chocolate is my happy place.
On our way out, we were presented with “Daily Dough to Go,” Daily Dish’s pizza kit. For $8 you get dough for a 12″ crust, sauce, and cheese. It comes with a little card with instructions. No rolling pin? Zena suggests a whiskey bottle.
At The Daily Dish, I love the the casual and unassuming atmosphere–the vibe of a neighborhood cafe, but serves up farm fresh fine dining. It is a bit of hidden gem that the locals already knew was fabulous and now you know too!
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