February 26, 2012

Dinner at Fifty South (is Awesome and Bizarre)

Tony doing his best Downton Abbey impression. I loved their teacups <3

 As you may know, I am a bargain fiend. And I like food. Consequently I have become a Groupon Addict. I've had a groupon for Fifty South burning a hole in my account for a couple months, and since Tony and I were going to be in the Saratoga area picking up half a case of my favorite wine, I decided it would be a great time to grab dinner.

Fifty South's big claim to fame is the fact that the majority of the ingredients are local. In their own words,
We are dedicated to making good, wholesome food, affordable and tasty while using local and regional farmers, fair trade, organic and bio-dynamically farmed products wherever possible, while leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. After some cursing, I decided I could make do with my camera phone, so apologies for the craptastic photos. I just want you to know that I irritated several older, much wealthier couples, who were definitely not using groupons, in order to take these pictures for you.

When I first entered the restaurant I really didn't know what to expect. I knew that Fifty South was a fairly expensive, high end establishment, where entrees were going to run you anywhere from $20 to $40. Except the inside looked like some kind of bizarre dinner. Wood paneled walls, nick knacks on every inch of wall space, framed newspaper articles, paper table clothes. Weird to say the least. The poor hostess was being bombarded with people who didn't have reservations and asked us if we wanted the main dining area or the "Golden Room," explaining that the Golden Room was entrées only, so no burgers or sandwiches, and was child free. Wait, what child free you say? Yes, please!

The Golden Room was, in fact, a room painted gold, with a crystal chandelier on a drop ceiling. Go figure. The waitress was lovely, and Tony immediately liked her because she had a non-rhotic accent (and ended up, of course, being from New England as well...yeah, these things are important to him).

Olives FTW!
They started us off with homemade potato chips and a black olive tapenade that was addictive. We had finished the tapenade and still had half the potato chips left. Oops.

Fried things FTW!

For an appetizer we ordered the vegetable pan fried pot stickers ($10), which came with a sweet dipping sauce. They were delicious and the perfect portion size (6 pot stickers all together). We used the extra dipping sauce for the potato chips, because we were that ravenous.

Not my cup of tea, but to each their own - apparently it was delicious.

For our entrées, Tony got the Beef Wellington ($38), which was, of course, local grass fed beef, medium rare, baked in local paté (like how I'm keeping with the fanciness?) and served with, you guessed it, local vegetables. Tony says it was one of the most satisfying meals he's ever had, and since he's a bit of a foodie, I take that as a high compliment.

Getting so hungry looking at this :(

I had the Vegetable Napoleon ($22), layers of squash, peppers, portobello and greens, with chevre, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. Extremely delicious. Quite frankly I was rather skeptical, since I'm not the biggest fan of mushrooms, but it was fantastic. It actually tasted like a pizza in a way, which I found rather surprising. I ate the entire thing and was delightedly full.

Like a brownie, only better.

The desserts were unsurprisingly delicious. Tony and I have very different tastes when it comes to sweets, I like mine dense, and he likes his...not sweet. Naturally, I went with the Chocolate Decadence Cake, which was a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and whipped cream. I find that I'm not much of a fan of fluffy cakes and this one was very dense and fudge like, just how I like it. I think they were both around $8 maybe? I forgot to look at the bill and they weren't on the menu.

My picture does this cheesecake no justice.

Tony went for the Cheesecake with an Oreo Crust. Of course I tasted it and it was a perfect choice for him: not particularly sweet, with a tang from local sour cream. Overall they were both lovely and well suited to our individual tastes.


  1. I love Fifty South!! We got the same Groupon deal and went. I love that they seem to really care about using local foods in their dishes.

    1. It was so good! Being that we are more or less on a grad student budget we obviously can't go often, but I'd like to try out their "diner" menu with burgers and salads, I'm sure it's going to be 1/3 of the price of their fancy pants entrees. Oh EM GEE we should totally double date :P


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