Since M is away at a distillery conference in Denver this week I've found myself a bit lonely. I mean...a girl can only have so many conversations with her pug before she starts to question her sanity. Luckily for me, Cait came to the rescue and popped over for a visit last night!
Rather than staying in for dinner and creating a mess in my kitchen we decided to go out and treat ourselves to something yummy.
I don't know what it is, but I have had an insatiable craving for burgers lately, so we headed out to the Capital City Gastropub to curb my craving and enjoy some drinks.
I ordered myself one of the hoppy IPA's off their beer menu...
And Cait ordered herself a cosmo.
After reading Rosie's recent post about bone marrow I new exactly what I wanted to start the evening off.
Cait was a little apprehensive of the idea, but I told her to trust me. She did. And we ordered.
The bone marrow was presented a bit different from the last time I tried it at the Gastropub. They grilled two slices of bread, smeared the marrow on top, garnished it with herb salt & a refreshing parsley salad.
Pretty, isn't it?!
I devoured this appetizer. The combination of flavors reaffirm my love for bone marrow and parsley as a couple, they're a match made in food heaven.
I think Cait liked it, although she was having a lot of trouble getting past the fact that she was actually eating marrow.
Look at that glistening sheen from the melting marrow! Decadence at it's finest!
Okay, okay. Moving on.
The burgers served at Capital City Gastropub are grass fed organic beef from Tilldale Farm in northeastern New York.
With the meat this fresh and organic Cait and I were both comfortable ordering our burgers medium-rare.
The burger came with homemade fries, bread and butter pickles, grilled onions, bibb lettuce, a smear of dijon aioli and a side of house ketchup.
The burger was flavorful, tender, and juicy. My only complaint was that I had to take three bites of the bun and pickle before I actually bit into the burger. I know, I know, burgers shrink when they cook. But for me, this was a bit much. Luckily, the superior quality made up for it!
I ordered the dijon aioli once before and remembered loving it! So I made sure we each ordered a bit extra on the side. You need plenty of dipping options for the fries, amIright?!
Halfway through our meal Caitlyn was thirsty again. I told her she should try the Albany Sour - Coal Yard Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, house-made sour mix and bitters, topped with red wine and garnished with an orange wheel.
Isn't she purdy?
I might be a little bit biased, seeing as how M makes the whiskey, but this cocktail is amazing. It's so unique and has a beautiful presentation.
Bravo, Bartender, Bravo!
With full bellies & a tipsy twin we opted out of dessert and headed home to relax.
Be sure to catch up with the Gastropub on their Facebook page. They have awesome specials every week and a great selection of craft beers!