Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Where to Eat and Drink Wine in Glover Park: Slate Wine Bar and Bistro

This past Saturday I checked out Glover Park's newest addition: Slate Wine Bar and Bistro. The space, formerly home to Kitchen, has been transformed into a warm, inviting, cozy space. Pale blue walls with wine themed decorations, contrasted with clean lines of simple wooden tables-- it's clear that the new management spent a great deal of time with every last detail in the decor. In fact, even the chairs were picked out with care. As the general manager shared with us, the chairs were designed to allow the patron to sit straight up, but also slightly recline and relax.

When we arrived, two friendly hostesses greeted us and showed us to our table. I immediately loved the neighborhood vibe and feel of Slate. While we looked over the wine list, the owner, Elizabeth, came over and offered a few recommendations. Per her suggestion, we settled on a bottle of Pinot Noir from Oregon. We both agreed that it was a great bottle of wine.

Antipasto sampler plate

We started with the antipasto sampler plate which featured Italian salami, mozzarella cheese, black olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, and a fresh focaccia. It was tasty, but simple.

For dinner I ordered the oven roasted Atlantic salmon, and my date ordered the steak frites. The first thing I noticed was how small my piece of salmon was compared to the large side of potatoes that came with it. My date commented on the same thing about his dish. While each dish had good flavor and we both enjoyed our meals, it seemed overpriced for what we got. That said, we were both full so we skipped dessert (although each sounded delicious and is homemade).

Oven roasted Atlantic salmon

Steak frites

After dinner, we wandered upstairs to check out the second level. It, too, was cozy and warm. We both agreed that it would be the perfect spot to come in, sit at the bar, drink a couple glasses of wine and split an appetizer. I can't wait to go sit at the bar this fall with a glass of wine and good company.

And another great aspect of Slate? It's right in the heart of Glover Park and walkable to many other spots, like Breadsoda, Bourbon, and Town Hall. So, dinner at Slate + drinks after at any of those place = perfect two part date.

Bottom line: Slate adds an element to the Glover Park restaurant scene that was missing and has the potential to be a great spot for a romantic dinner, but it still needs to work out some kinks and is somewhat overpriced for the neighborhood.

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