So, just because Skip hasn't had time to write doesn't mean she hasn't been filling her days with lots of food adventures, so let me try to catch you up.
First on the list, Skip finally made it to Agricola in Princeton. I had been salivating over the idea of eating there since I read the first article announcing they would open in the space that was once Lahiere.
A new eatery in our area that focuses on fresh, local ingredients? Oh yes, I wanted in on that. A little insight on Skip's companion, he has to be in the right "mood" to try out new places like this. He doesn't necessarily like all the hubbub around a new place. So, we waited awhile, and then still didn't go a few times because we thought we'd want to make a reservation and not just "wing it". But one night, that's just what we did. It happened to be the evening of the day Skip ran the Trenton Half Marathon (what a reward!). We just decided we'd go and see what the wait was and take our chances. It turned out there were two seats at the bar and we opted to just eat our meal there- one of Skip and her companions favorite things to do.
We cozied up to the bar and ordered a couple of drinks while we took in the surroundings. The place is very hipster, but in a good way- not a douchey way. The bartenders are like farmer mixologists (apparently the uniform for the waitstaff is flannel shirts!- Love it!). I had an awesome maple bourbon Manhattan. If you aren't new to HOS than you know Skip loves a Manhattan, but what's better than a Manhattan? One with maple syrup in it. My companion ordered the oh-so-classic Sazerac. Needless to say we were having a very good time and our excitement was growing as we reviewed the menu.
I happily started off with the pickled and fermented vegetable plate, while my companion had to try and contain his child-like enthusiasm for the kale salad. The vegetable plate was both adorable and delicious- great presentation, lovely little pickled veggies all stacked in their own little space on the plate. If you love sour things, this is for you. This is also a good time to tell you that while they do serve meat, Agricola is a great place for vegetarians as they have lots of yummy veggie options. Which was not only the case with my veggie plate but also with my companions amazing kale salad that was super good. I did manage to get my fork in there without any bodily harm :). At this point we had finished up our cocktails and had moved on to wine. Since I am playing "catch-up" here on reviews, I don't remember what exactly we both had but I am pretty sure they were reds since I think we both had meat... but again, I'm behind so that is kind of fuzzy too.
What is not fuzzy is dessert, so let's fast forward to that part. Sweet Potato Beignets, have more delicious words ever been spoken? I am not sure they have. These puffy, soft, doughy, sugary treats ended what was a wonderful night out after one of my biggest accomplishments.
The beignets were awesome, truly awesome. They were sweet and just the perfect ending, they came with "frizzled" sweet potato strings on top and a drizzle of maple syrup for a touch more sweetness. We also ended the meal with a dessert wine to round out our beverage experience. I had a moscato while my companion went with a port.
All in all, a wonderful evening was had. I am sorry there are some "holes" in my review however, so much time has passed since that evening and so many "adult beverages" were consumed that my memory is not functioning well. One of these days I will recognize that my goal of doing a review immediately following an experience does not usually happen and realize that I need to take notes! But please trust me when I tell you the meal and service at Agricola were both outstanding and I highly recommend you visit them.
Princeton, New Jersey 08542
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11 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542