Last night, we went to Little Giant, a restaurant in the Lower East Side, for dinner with our friend Charlotte. Little Giant has a great indoor/ outdoor design so you get fresh air and the feeling of being in an open restaurant even when you are sitting inside.
There is an open kitchen set-up as well, so you can watch the chefs bustle around while they prepare the delicious food.
I love the menu at Little Giant and the idea behind its food:
Our food is “Seasonal American” (which means we use fresh market produce that isn’t the same week to week). It also means homemade sausages in the winter, juicy heirloom tomatoes in the summer and the best buttermilk chive biscuits every day of the year.
The menu last night was, appropriately, very fall-inspired- and everything looked great! I was most excited about the small plates, sides, and appetizers on the menu so I suggested that we each get an appetizer salad and share some sides/ small plates. Everyone seemed happy about that idea.
We started off with some wine. I got a glass of Rose- I love this stuff. I know its more of a “Summer Wine”, but its not winter yet…
I also had a piece of the crusty, chewy bread they brought out- topped with their homemade chive butter- it was divine!
We started off with small plates of pickled vegetables, deviled eggs (soooo good! haven’t had a deviled egg in forever!), and figs wrapped in bacon (called Figgy Piggy’s!).
It got too dark in the restaurant, so I had to use flash… (don’t love flash, but sometimes you gotta do it).
Loren and I split a fig and I had 2 halves of an egg (making a whole egg :)). They were my favorite- topped with cayenne or paprika, so they had a surprising kick!
For my meal, I had a salad with butternut squash, greens, almonds, and a little bit of sliced Italian salami, with a light dressing. We ordered a side of macaroni and cheese and maple brussel sprouts to share with our salads (sorry- didn’t get a great picture of the sides, but you can see them behind my wine).
I really enjoyed the whole meal. My salad was delicious and very unique- never had this blend of flavors. Of course, because I am obsessed with anything that invovles carbs and cheese, I looooved the macaroni. I was very proud of myself for just eating one small portion of it (about 1/4 of the plate) and not going back for more.
Charlotte and Loren both ordered the same salad- with mushrooms, greens, truffle oil, with a poached egg on top. It came with grilled toast- very pretty!
Charlotte said the dessert at Little Giant was not to be missed. I’m not a huge dessert person, but I definitely love to have a great sweet every once in a while, and I was glad I left room for this one. We split the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which came with a scoop of Vanilla Gelato.
We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were all pleased with what arrived at the table: a warm, moist piece of cake (maybe banana cake?) covered with a thick toffee sauce and grilled bananas…. YUUUUM! I had a good third of the dessert- my tummy and my mouth were both very happy!
I love meals like this one because I was able to try so many different dishes, some indulgent, some more “healthy”, without going overboard. We all agreed we had ordered the perfect amount of food.
Loren and I staid out pretty late last night because we went to see a friend who was in town for the weekend from South Carolina. We didn’t get to sleep until 2 (late for me, I’m an old lady) and I didn’t wake up til almost 11! I must have needed that sleep!
I was huuungry right when I got up, so I made a quick and easy breakfast with Vans Waffles as the star ingredient.
Oh, and this guy:
I toasted up two waffles til they were nice and crispy, topped them with PB, apricot preserve, and some thinly sliced green apple.
All folded up into a beautiful, crunchy sandwich.
I also had a big mug of Chai Tea to WAKE UP!
Hope you all are enjoying the start to a loooong weekend!