Let's start with the precursor to the weekend, Thursday night. My companion was coming home late from a golf outing and so we decided to hit our favorite local spot for quick bite and a drink, Centro Grille. This is often are go to place when we don't want to eat at home but don't want to go to far. Now, there are a lot of great choices in Robbinsville, but we love to sit at the bar at Centro! We arrived and found ourselves a high top table in the bar area, we actually prefer to sit "at the bar" but it was packed, probably due to the upcoming holiday weekend. So, for this night, the little high top table suited us just fine. I started with a drink from the specialty drink menu, it was called the Centro Splash and it was passion fruit vodka, muddled strawberries, mint, lime and cane sugar. While the menu said just strawberries there were actually blueberries and raspberries in there too which was a nice surprise. We ordered the new bacon appetizer which we've come to love there. It is thick cut chunks of candied bacon and comes with broccoli rabe croquettes. The bacon is so salty and sweet, it's really super delicious and then the croquettes are a nice balance to the bacon, they are soft, with a little crunch on the outside. The croquettes also have the slight bitterness from the broccoli rabe that also make it pair well with the bacon. It's a great newer addition to the Centro menu and we really enjoy it. We also tried for the first time the jalapeno hummus. It was very tasty, the hummus was super smooth and creamy and had slices of jalapeno in it, not too spicy, just the right amount of kick and the crispy flat bread/pita things that are served with it? So amazing, really crispy crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy inside, and not too thin, they are thick enough to stand up to a generous heap of hummus.
For our main course, I ordered the grilled meatloaf which is one of my favorites (the ribs are also amazing). My companion ordered a special, he is always impressed with the specials at Centro. And this night was no different. My companion ordered a buffalo filet topped with gorgonzola cheese and served with kale (he got double kale instead of getting kale and mashed potatoes). My meatloaf came with vegetables and roasted red pepper mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes where really good, it almost tasted like they put Franks Red Hot sauce in them, they had a really nice flavor and went well with the meatloaf. The portion was huge, considering we had two appetizers, so I took about half home with me. I liked the Centro Splash so much, that I ordered a second and my companion had a lovely red wine with his buffalo.
As usual, the service at Centro was great. We have been there enough that we've gotten to know some of the staff. They always have a smile and are always willing to joke around and chat with us when they have time. We are glad to have this little treasure right in our own town. And luckily just a few steps away we were able to satisfy our sweet tooth with a stop into Maggie Moos. I had the coffee ice cream with cookie crunches mixed in and my companion had the mint and sweet cream with cookie crunch. It was soooo delicious and perfect sweet treat to start the holiday weekend.
Now, I have to of course mention my 4th of July celebration! Skip kept it small for her first time hosting this patriotic holiday. My guests were all impressed with my grass fed beef burgers and organic, nitrate free hot dogs from Local Abundance. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about how you can get quality, local and healthy fish, meat and poultry!
So, there it is part one of Skip's 4th of July holiday weekend! Stay tuned to see how Skip's fun continued!