Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Restaurant review: Meddlesome Moth offers a unique take on gastropub grub
This alongside an overwhelming array of drinks.
When you first walk in, you immediately notice three brightly lit stained glass windows, each depicting a famous rock star: Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. These random windows illuminate the otherwise dim restaurant while adding some spunk.
The brunch menu offers an array of unique breakfast dishes for reasonable prices. Notable options are the bacon waffles, eggs creole (served with crawfish) and the “mother and child reunion,” which is fried chicken breast tenderloin, peppered grits with poached eggs and jalapeno gravy.
For the coffee connoisseur, the French press is worth the $4.
The lunch menu, on the other hand, is not nearly as exciting, save the appetizing variety of mussels.
The frommage mussels are a must-try if you like blue cheese and bacon. Common salads and sandwiches are priced at $13 on average.
Perhaps the best time to try the Moth would be for dinner. The kitchen is open until 11:30 p.m., which is a big plus for students who have a hard time finding late-night restaurants other than 21-and-over bars and Waffle House equivalents.
Tapas-style ordering is the best way to tackle the enticing but large menu, so be sure to peruse the ‘shared plates’ section.
The beef bone marrow is an obscure delicacy definitely worth trying. It is served in the bones cut laterally down the middle, topped with salsa verde and capers. For the less adventurous eater, try the seared ahi tuna served with avocado, citrus soy and jalapeños. This flavorful dish will have you fighting over the last piece of tuna with your friends — even if you’re not a seafood fan.
A popular but daring plate is the Pig and Fig. Served in a hot skillet, the dish is succulent pork belly, blue cheese grits and barbecue figs. While it may sound weird and risky, this innovative dish is flat-out scrumptious.
For those of drinking age, selecting a beverage might be a tad overwhelming. Meddlesome Moth’s beer selection includes more than 40 draft beers, two live ales and more than 85 different bottles. The wine list includes an array of both red and white varietals.
Expect to pay somewhere between $14 and $30 per person for dinner.
Parking is fairly convenient in the spacious lot behind the restaurant. A valet is available in the evening.
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