Friday, May 7, 2010
The Green Well, 924 Cherry St SE - 5/4/10
The Green Well is a favorite of ours and, like The Winchester, labels itself a Gastro Pub (more pub than restaurant but with really good food). To us, The Green Well is more restaurant than pub but perhaps later at night, it becomes more pub. Regardless, it’s a great place to eat. (Also, in its pub defense, the bar has very large wine and beer selections and, in keeping with their philosophy, includes some local micro brews.)
The restaurant is not large and is slightly divided between bar and dining. Tables are close together (ok, maybe it is more pub-style) and it was crowded at 1:00 p.m. The outdoor deck has tables more spaciously placed and seeing that it was a sunny day, we headed outside. They may put more tables out later on but today there were only six, and three to four stayed occupied. If you know anything about this well-documented restaurant, you know it’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, and as its website states: “it’s environmentally safe, ultra efficient, and leaves behind the smallest possible carbon footprint.” Tables from recycled materials, food from local suppliers, many local brews and wines, and more, prove the Green Well lives up to its claims.
And the food? Wonderful. Creative, fresh, and beautifully presented; what more can you ask for? If you want the best burger in town, order the Kobe burger (but if you’re going to order it anything more than medium-rare, just take a run to McDonald’s instead). The cheese plate is lovely with a great combination of tastes, and is highly recommended. Today we started with the smoked chicken and goat cheese crepe. It consisted of mushrooms, spinach, roasted vegetable hash, and bacon buerre blanc. Interesting and delicious.
Several specials are always available but this time we stayed with the menu. It changes frequently and every description is enticing. Our first choice was the barbequed braised pork (sweet corn, andouille, braised greens, and creamy polenta). It was a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds (the polenta with corn was particularly notable). The second dish was jambalaya. We haven’t had jambalaya since our last visit to Louisiana and this was a great midwest version of the famous dish (braised pork, andouille, shrimp, roasted peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, and basmati rice); great combination, and if the shrimp were frozen, they still retained flavor.
Service is always great; servers are friendly, helpful, and informative. Menus differ slightly for lunch and dinner and both are found online, as are complete wine and beer listings, and all pricing. The Green Well consistently offers unique dishes with fresh ingredients, and although some customers may complain about the prices, you won’t be disappointed with the quality.