It’s our anniversary today!! Yay! This is the best day of the year for me (for obvious reasons!). With Baby Brady coming soon, we have not held back on what we have wanted to do in case he comes and then it’ll be forever before we can go forth with our plans. So a few weeks ago, the husband suggested that we go on an early anniversary lunch to my favorite restaurant: FnB! Ya’ll… you need to understand, I very much love FnB with all of my culinary soul. I was first introduced to FnB through a dear friend and mentor of mine, Payton Curry, who invited me to eat there one night while he worked with Charlene (the brains behind the magic in the kitchen!). I went to FnB probably 4 times within 2 months. I fell absolutely in love with what happened in that kitchen and was so blown away by the simplicity and yet, at the same time, the complexity of these dishes. So when my husband suggested going here for an early celebration, I had to keep myself from doing too crazy of a happy dance for the sake of the baby. Without further ado, let me share what we experienced and why they definitely deserve a shout out!
FnB was started years ago by co-owners Pavle Milic and Charlene Badman. Pavle is the front of house extraordinaire and is so hospitable to everyone who comes in. Such a great guy! Charlene… man, I cannot say enough about how awesome she is! She definitely highlights and specializes in the cookery of veggies; she takes vegetables and somehow gets them to sing beautifully together. Every dish is just amazingly well thought out and executed and… it’s just amazing! The menu changes just about daily so what I am going to be showing you in this post may not be there when you go to visit but PLEASE STILL GO!!!!! You will not regret it one bit!
One thing I did regret was taking so long to visit them again after they had moved to a different location but Pavle had assured me that all was forgiven and I could then move on. So that’s what we did! The hubby and I got to FnB shortly after it had opened for lunch that day and chose to sit inside even though it was gorgeous outside (the professional in me wanted to see the flow of traffic and watch the magic dance happen during lunch) and the inside is very quaint, very snug and yet very open at the same time. It is a really intimate space but it doesn’t feel like you’re sitting on top of one another. Anywho, we got our menu and it was surprisingly small; only 5 items BUT don’t let that fool you! These dishes were amazing! We ordered everything but the sandwich and our server suggested we try the Chicken Salad Arepa, which was a special they were running that day.
When our food came out, we learned what an arepa was; an arepa is an element from Columbian cooking in which fine corn flour is made into a cake and then fried slightly so we get kind of a an english muffin looking cake. This arepa had a nice avocado spread on the bottom with the chicken salad on top with the top half of the arepa. It was delicious and slightly warm. The cake was fluffy and light, the chicken salad was well seasoned and… I just want some more of it! Well done.
Next we had the salad which had mixed greens, quinoa, herbs, pinenuts, roasted chicken, herbs, a light vinaigrette, and quark (what the heck is quark?! It’s this awesome cheese that is a bit loose in viscosity but super delicious). This salad really was filling, light and delicious! Thumbs up!
Afterwards, the veg we got to have had broccolini (it looks very similar to broccoli but the stalks are long and skinny like an asparagus, super fancy looking), brown rice, a kimchi vinaigrette (what is kimchi?! Well simply put, it’s a fermented veggie dressing often found in Korean cuisine, it’s actually a lot better than it sounds!), onion sprouts and cilantro. The kimchi vin really added a lot of umphf to the dish and color! It had a slight heat to it which was awesome. The brown rice really added some meatiness to the dish which can be hard to come by with vegetarian dishes which are usually very light and you just have to eat a TON to feel full. This was amazing!
Next we had the snack featured that day which was a Chile Relleno stuffed with pork, apples and some walnuts; going with that was a walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds! Wow. Wow… wow. This chile rellano didn’t have a fried breading on it which was different from what I have ever seen but it helped in not weighing down the dish. The walnut sauce was something other-worldly, in such a great way that it was very cleansing to the dish. The pomegranates also helped level up the chile! Superb.
Finally we finished off with the potted, pickled, cured, and skewered. You may be wondering what in the world that could be? It my best feeble attempt to explain, this was a charcuterie board which means that there is usually a cheese of some kind with a cured meat and some kind of accouterments to go along with it and some crusty bread. In this case we had salami calbrese, goat cheese, spiced pecans, a little salad with some pickled radishes, whole grain mustard and then grilled bread to spread the love with! The salami was deliciously salty and yet yummy. The goat cheese was locally sourced and super creamy. I’m usually not a huge fan of goat cheese because it was so overbearingly crazy but this goat cheese was delicious and slightly crazy in taste! This was a great dish to finish the meal off with!
We left our meal with full bellies but at the same time we didn’t feel weighed down by all of the food. FnB is also open for dinner! So if you ever want to try out this spot for your next meal, do it! Go there and try it. Your tummy will thank you so much for it and you’ll appreciate the good, clean food and how your soul will feel after wards. Happy eating my lovelies!