AFTER THE WINERY: Field & Main

We don’t get many chances to go out without kids, so when we do have a night off, we try to live it up a little bit. Field & Main in Marshall is like a lot of restaurants that have been popping up in the last 15 years or so – casual atmosphere with high quality, sophisticated food. Field & Main has been going strong since 2014, and it was easy to see why. While we were there, we watched just-off-from-work couples drink at the bar, families with young kids eat at the tables, and colleagues a few seats over discussing new business ventures, all enjoying the same seasonal, farm-to-table fare.

First things first: the wine list. It was pretty extensive bottle-wise, and there were a handful of choices under each category for by-the-glass options. Although there were a few bottles in the $40 – $50 range, most of them were more than what I was willing to pay*. I was trying to decide between a few different reds, and our server brought out two glasses to let me try each before making my decision. Thumbs up on that one. But I really need to learn to let Paul pick our wine because he almost always does a much better job than I do, and I liked his glass much more than I liked either of the ones I picked for myself. They also have house wines on tap, so Paul tried the red. It was cold, cold, cold, and I thought it was a little too sweet. But at under $10 a glass, it would work for a second or third glass.

For our main courses, we had Pappardelle with Confit Rabbit and Flank Roulade with Smashed Baby Potatoes. While the entrees were good, I was personally more impressed with the appetizers, though that might be because Paul ate all the best parts of the flank roulade before we swapped plates. But it might also be because I’m a sucker for deviled eggs (they were caprese deviled eggs on the day we were there) and pork belly with grits. The bread with bacon butter was fine, but it’s not something I would order again. For dessert, we had Hearth Roasted Peaches with Candied Bacon, Bourbon Caramel Cake & Vanilla Ice Cream, which was basically sugar and butter held together with ice cream and bacon. (I hope that by this point, you know that last sentence means I think it was delicious.)

Overall, it was a pretty solid experience, but I think that if we go back, I’d just stick to the appetizer menu.

*I know that by the time you have two or three glasses each, you’ve already paid the $60+ for wine, but it’s much easier for me to pay $14 for a thing than $60+. It’s totally psychological, and I know it’s silly.

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