Saturday, December 10, 2016

Colt And Gray

The Meats Are The Cure For The Common Vegan.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
Numerous times, we have passed Colt and Gray on our way to other restaurants.  Every time we drive by them, we made a wish to the food gods that we would choose them for the next month's restaurant.

Well, wishes do come true, kids.  That's right!  We selected Colt and Gray!

Named after the owner's two sons, Colt And Gray is known for both their charcuterie and meats.  This is for good reason.  In the basement, they have their own butchery and because of this, the meat is fresh and flavorful.  They call it Viande and the very kind manager, Ben, was gracious enough to give us a tour.

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
The menu is split into several sections:  snacks, smaller plates, entrees from the butcher, and sides. 

One of the most unusual snacks was a cashew, bacon, caramel corn.  Smoky and sweet, it was delicious.  In addition, we tried Lamb Tartare and Sweetbread which was also made from lamb.  Typically Sweetbread comes from cows so it was an unusual choice for a Sweetbread.  For those of you that do not know what Sweetbread is, buckle yourselves in.  It is brains.  Yes, brains  I guess that makes us zombies?  Or should we just go with the saying, "You are what you eat"?

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
Well, I think I'll go with the second one.

(OK, so sweetbread is actually a culinary name for the thymus or the pancreas but it's something of a food urban legend and people think they are actually brains so we'll just go with it.) 

We had a smattering of all things meat.  Ah, heaven.  (So sorry to our Vegan Maniacs out there.  We still love you.)  Carnivores rejoice!  You have a home at Colt and Gray.

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
Our rather large group enjoyed Mussels, Clams and Octopus, Moroccan Lamb, Roasted Chicken, Duroc Pork, Hudson Valley Duck Breast, and the Dry Aged Prime New York Strip.

Some of the noteworthy sides were the crispy rosemary potatoes served in a little cast iron crock.  Crispy and delicious!  Yummy!

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
There is another bar area downstairs called Ste. Ellie.  The owner of Colt and Gray also had a daughter that needed something named after her as well, I mean, it's only fair.  Therefore, Ste. Ellie was born.  We will be visiting them sometime in the future.

Now, let's talk desserts, people.

We tried a variety of desserts that included Apple Crumble, Pot of Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Ellie Torte Chocolate Cake, and various homemade ice creams were among the fare of the evening.

photo courtesy of Miss Rio Photography
The ambiance was wonderful.  An excellent spot for date nights, the restaurant is full of low lighting, fireplaces and candles, a spacious bar area, and a cozy, subdued atmosphere.

The uniqueness of the menu and quality of the food warranted the awarding of the coveted Golden Spoon.

Colt & Gray Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
The Officially Unofficial Voting Legend
Take it with a grain of salt, we're not professionals.
Awesome place, we’ll shovel more food in our face!
It was good. We’ll take another stab at it.
Didn’t make the cut.