Around the BLOCK

The Farmhouse Revisited

Written By: Mary Bloch - Feb• 24•14

I’ve always been a fan of Chef Michael Foust, owner of the Farmhouse. He’s involved in the community and always strives to support local farmers. After an outstanding dinner there last month, it occurred to me that I had not weighed in on the Farmhouse since it started serving dinner several years ago.The Farmhouse

We were there during Restaurant Week and, though the Farmhouse didn’t participate in the event, the restaurant was packed. I typically prefer to be in the front room where the bar is because of its charm and coziness. But we were a table of 8 and the bigger room was more conducive to the size of our group. Though it too has brick walls and old wood floors, I used to think it was void of character. Perhaps it was because every table was full, or maybe it was the paintings gracing the walls, but I certainly enjoyed sitting there that evening.

The blackboards in both rooms list the night’s specials, as well as the farmers who contribute ingredients to the menu. The night we were there I was happy to see a Brussels sprouts special with roasted root vegetables and blue cheese. It was hearty, healthy and delicious. My husband started with a vegan chili that he loved.

I moved onto the chicken and sausage gumbo served over a big portion of rice which really satisfied on such a cold night. It had a nice kick but I added more hot sauce to get the desired heat.Chicken and Okra Gumbo--The Farmhouse Roasted Brussels sprouts--The Farmhouse

Some at the table ordered and were delighted with the hangar steak topped with a blue cheese butter and salsa verde and served with awesome French fries, while others enjoyed  a potato crusted salmon with deviled aioli and charred Brussels sprouts.Potato crusted salmon--The Farmhouse

Desserts included a Jude’s rum cake with ice cream and bread pudding, both of which filled the belly.

Going to the Farmhouse is like putting on one of your favorite old sweaters; it’s not fancy but it sure feels good.Jude's rum cakes--The Farmhouse

 

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