Solvang: Dinner at Root 246
I was in Solvang for a day trip and we had hit up some of the wine rooms in the deliberately quaint town. I was perhaps a little over the kitsch when I pointed out Root 246 as where I wanted to go for dinner. I didn’t know a thing about it and I didn’t read the menu or do a quick search for reviews. Standing in front of it, it just appealed to me and it seemed like it would be a good place for a sip and bite. It turns out my instincts were correct about it. It was nice place and I instantly felt at home.
While we looked over the menu, I got a cocktail (this girl cannot drink wine all day) and we also got the fig and proscuitto flatbread. I love figs and proscuitto and who doesn’t like pizza (er, flatbread).
It turns out I got the right cocktail. Although there were a couple of floral notes, it was not a “girly” drink and I was very happy. It also helps they used a good bourbon.
Whiskey Flower Sour – Eagle Rare bourbon, chrysanthemum liqueur, lavender simple syrup, lemon
The proscuitto wrapped scallops came with a mango relish and cous cous. They looked great and my friend really enjoyed her dish.
I thought the skirt steak had an interesting twist with a Latin flavor with the chimichurri sauce, cactus and beans. We thought we had a great piece of meat until we saw a table of four sharing a giant steak.
I had the pork loin which also came with cous cous. Unfortunately, it was the weakest link. The pork was so dry and I ended up using some of my friend’s chimichurri from her steak and then asked the server for lemon which I spritzed on the cous cous which was just a bit too oily. These two additions helped immensely.
Still, we had a wonderful time and I would go again — after a touristy lunch with sausage. It is Solvang after all.