Tonight we met our friends Sara and Juan for a night on the town. Everything about the night was last minute – up to the restaurant choices. We had planned to meet for pizza + gelato, but our evening turned into a fabulous bar hop!
We started at Blue Light Grill, a swanky seafood-heavy restaurant with a great bar. See our previous visit from a visit to Cville in 2010 here!
I sipped on a Manhattan – my signature drink – straight up. Although I should clarify that I don’t drink 100% classic Manhattans because I like them extra sweet (like my grandfather) but instead of a heavy sweet vermouth pour, I always ask for a little cherry juice. At Blue Light Grill, they only have tart cherries, so instead he added a little homemade pomegranate grenadine – and it was sooo good!
A while later we ordered round #1 of apps – Mussels with Frites
And Fried Oysters! Both were quite delicious on the palate.
Another round of drinks was had (Matt’s beer – sips for me throughout the rest of the night)
Hop #2 landed us at Positively 4th, another restaurant favorite of ours. See previous visits here and here!
Apps here included the Queso Dip
A tall salad with beets, candied nuts and goat cheese fritters
And Black-Eyed Pea Hummus –
Seltzer to drink!
And the climax of the night was our dessert hop where I got that eggnog gelato I’ve been craving all week. Mixed in with the gingerbread flavor, which I loved at first but got too heavy on the ginger in my throat at the end. Luckily the lovely Splendora’s team noticed and offered me a taste of peppermint to clear my palate!
The walk home was cold. Very very cold. In fact, I’m still wearing my down coat as I finish this post!
Pancakes for breakfast!?
[email protected] says
Ooh I gotta go there next time I’m in Cville..like maybe next month? And eggnog gelato!
You are so overdue for a visit!
[email protected] says
I KNOW! I said the exact thing to a friend today.
kelsey @ living the gluten free life says
I love appetizer nights! I had only appetizers for lunch today and it was devine 🙂
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
homemade pomegranate grenadine…right there, my night would have been complete.
The queso dip, the salad with beets, candied nuts! and goat cheese fritters…nice.
moving on to eggnog ginger gelato. Cleansed with peppermint.
Lynn @ the actor's diet says
I had mussels tonight too!!!
Karlee @ BringingBackBalance says
Mmmmm queso dip! I call it ‘crack dip’ cuz once I start eating it, I CANNOT STOP!!! Seriously it is cracckkkk!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I love nights like that! I’m a big “taster” rather than just wanting one big serving of one thing. Sounds like a fun evening!
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
What a great evening! The gelato sounds delicious (even better than my coconut hot chocolate). 😉
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Gelato – yum! Eggnog – yum! and pancakes for breakfast? Can I join, I’ve been craving them for weeks! 😉
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
Great eats all night! Pancakes are on our menu tomorrow morning just haven’t decided what kind yet 🙂
Yummm, think I’ll have some too! Maybe blueberry….
Krissy - Shiawase Life says
The eggnog froyo at Sweet Frog is super yummy too! Had last week 😀
What a delish looking night! I dont even like eggnog~ but i think id like it gelato style! YUM!
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
I love the idea of black-eye pea hummus! Must try that at home sometime!
Eggnog+Gingerbread talk about holiday cheer! Sounds delish (and yeah definitely rich) yum.
You painted the town red, huh — with that red drink? (LOL)
I wanted to make pancakes for breakfast but I woke up craving fruit, yogurt and cereal…the stomach wants what it wants!
Justeen @ Blissful Baking says
I hope they still have the eggnog flavor when I get back to Cville! It sounds fantastic. I had eggnog froyo today, which was awesome as well!
Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio says
Black-eyed pea hummus sounds awesome!
Ellen of scrumptiousgruel says
Ooooohhhh, eggnog gelato! Sounds so good.
Michelle (Peachy Palate) says
I just can’t get with the eggnog love…that’s so sweet that they offered you peppermint! Yes, Sunday mornings were made for pancakes!
Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco says
Eggnog geltao?!? I wonder if they’d send me some…
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
Looks like fun! I bet the cold walk was colder after eating gelato!
A night full of appetizers is much more fun than sitting down to just one meal! Those seasonal gelatos sound delicious too!
Simply Life says
oooh I’m loving all that food- almost like tapas style…my favorite!
I haven’t craved ice cream all winter—until I read about this eggnog and gingerbread gelato. Yes, please!
Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon says
Everything looks delicious! I love dining like that–moving from place to place!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Wow! Everything looks so delish! Eggnog gelato?! Yes please 🙂
Oh my gosh! Eggnog gelato sounds like heaven in a dish! We have a place called Yogurtology here in Tampa. It’s a “self serve” place that serves “nutritious” frozen yogurt where you can add a plethora of fresh toppings. For the holiday season, Yogurtology released flavors such as Peppermint Lollypop and Gingerbread. Yummmm…
Heather @ Run Eat Play says
All that food looks amazing! I love anything involving tortilla chips!
Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous says
Those appetizers all looked so good!
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
I’ve never seen mussels severed with fries before–how strange and delicious!
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
Mussels…yum! Black eyed pea hummas sounds delish! I could really go for some peppermint gelato! I love everything peppermint! Peppermint hot chocolate warms me up!
Those mussels look amazing! One of my favorite dishes to order OR to make. They’re so susprisingly healthy (minus the fries!).
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Mussels are so underrated! Yum!