So, I have a good friend, who enjoys trying to new places, trusts me enough to pick them, and is adventurous enough to try all the different menu items.
We decided to try Corner BYOB. It’s a place, literally on the corner in Hampden and its BYOB (or wine in my case). From the outside, its not nearly as flashy as some of the other are restaurants; you barely notice it when you are driving down the street. I do, however, spend a fair amount of time at the amazing liquor store next door. And every time, I say to myself – I have got to try the Corner.
This place was fantastic. Even though it’s small, it’s very charming. It’s busy, but it is not loud or overwhelming. The server was adorable – in the she loves her job and detailing the menu choices sorta way. Actually, who am I kidding, adorable in all the ways; she was funny and not to bad to look at either.
When the server started in on the menu, we all basically said, we will have one of everything you just said. It took some time but we decided on a few starters and a cheese plate. The chef had apparently spent some time recently in New Orleans, so we had the featured gator gumbo. It was spicy, sweet and served on a perfectly cooked bed of rice. We also had fried oysters – which were nice. They had a cornmeal crust, so they were crunchy and just the right amount of salty, which are two of my favorite combinations.
Next up was my friends favorite: bone marrow. I have always been a little intimidated by bone marrow. This one was veal, served with warm bread and watercress. They also gave us really cute and really tiny little spoons. It was rich, but when added to the watercress, it was fantastic. It also went great with a my favorite wine: a perfectly tempered Pinot Noir.
How could I forget the cheese plate with a delicious camembert torched till it was bubbly at the table? We also had an amazing manchego and a sweet but strong blue cheese. I especially liked all the little honeys, jams and dried fruits that came with the pairings. I think my favorite part of the cheese plate, was when everyone turned to see what they were setting on fire.
And if that isn’t enough, we decided we couldn’t leave with out trying the Wild BoarShank. This was delicious. The meat just fell off the bone and served on a borscht like stew with potato apple and basically just deliciousness. This was one of those: I’m no longer hungry, but I can’t stop eating because it’s amazing entree’s. Wait… Did I say the boar was delicious?!?
Before we could leave – we saw an entire table getting hazelnut chocolate swans. So, of course we got one of those.
I actually cannot stop raving about this place. To the tune, that I was talking about it so much with a different set of friends and we went back a second time in less than a week. This time we had the antelope tartar, head cheese, scallops, lamb shoulder, and this salted carmel deliciousness. If you have any interest in becoming a foodie (even if accidentally, like me), this is a great place to start.