In celebration of his recent promotion as executive chef, Zeb Stevenson
has out-shined himself with the latest Fall fare at Livingston Restaurant + Bar
. Combining his love of simple, succulent flavors with Livingston's progressive American cuisine, Chef's latest menu features a straightforward elegance that's refreshing in its own right.
Now for a tasty tour! The starters from the Fall menu
are simply irresistible, which is I had the Maryland Style Crab Cakes, Housemade Chicken Brautwurst and
the Tuna Crudo. These creamy crab cakes are served atop gaufrette potatoes (thin, crispy waffle chips) with a vegetable relish for a slightly sweet, tangy finish. Garnished with caraway sprigs, the Chicken Brautwurst with brussels sprout florets is a heady, spice-infused housemade sausage that can't be missed. Finally, the lightly seared Tuna Crudo
is served with pistachios and a hint of lemon, topped with mustardo (a tangy jelly of candied fruits spiced with mustard powder.)
Before the main course, be sure to try the menu's most popular, pre-entree request - the Local Apple Salad. Made of endive leaves for a bit of an acerbic kick, the house smoked trout and apple mix is a crisp, chunky salad cleverly coated in a tangy walnut mayonnaise. While I'd recommend trying each and every entree, the House Smoked Duck
tops my list. Pan-seared then served with sauteed Swiss chard and hazelnuts, this moist meat arrives topped with another mustardo.
While Chef Stevenson's food speaks for itself, I can't pass up such an endorsement opportunity. I'm not a big fan of seafood anything - we've just never caught on. However, Zeb's creations had me reaching for seconds and scheming for thirds! His ability to construct such tender-textured, delicious dishes with not much more than a flavorful garnish to banish that dreaded "fishy taste" is simply astounding.
Sleuth Savings: Once a week, Livingston Restaurant + Bar
offers its Millionaire Monday menu - for just $16 per person, you can enjoy a buttery whole lobster or juicy filet mignon, plus your choice of celery root soup or baby spinach salad and one side. What better way to beat those beginning-of-the-week blues than to treat yourself to a decadent dinner?
Can't make a Monday? You can also find savory savings on The Livingston Theatre Menu, served nightly. For $29, you can enjoy your choice of any dinner menu soup or salad, plus one of the four Theatre Inspiration entrees (such as the Georgia Mountain Trout or Shrimp and Corn Ravioli.) To sweeten the deal, this offer also includes your choice of a glass of wine or dessert.
Keep an eye out for next week's Thanksgiving Day savings! The swanky buffet is rumored to include Artisan breads, braised collard greens w/ pancetta and bourbon-pecan caramel tarts, as well as the star of the day, served at one enticing price.