For those of us who found ourselves blissfully unemployed, it seemed like a jolly good idea to engage in a food centric lunch-time frolic at Cafe Ponte. Two of us had never been and one of us had suggested that we were in for a gastronomic treat ... and we were.
We three wandered in to Cafe Ponte just in time for our 1 o'clock reservation. I was rather surprised to see the dining rooms still packed with people. Doesn't anyone w-w-w-work anymore? Apparently, they do since waters and iced teas graced most all of the tables. We decided to fix that, so Dennis (our convivial server), " ... three wines, please - two chards for the damsels and an Argentine Malbec for me."
While scanning the lunch menu, Dennis described the daily specials. I don't normally order soup, but the Chef's Special sounded too good to pass up. This cup of spicy Cajun Gumbo goodness was rich with chunks of crab and slices of andouille sausage ... a most pleasing start to my noontime repast.
During lunch, the diner must ask for bread service but Dennis cheerfully brought a basket of delectable onion focaccia that was perfect for wiping the soup bowls clean.
All at our table requested sandwiches for our main course. While all three were very good, I think the real winner was the Maine Lobster Roll with tender chunks of lobster, celery, citrus mayo, and romaine hearts on a brioche roll.
Coming in at a very close second place was the savory and filling BBQ Short Rib with beef from Sterling Silver Farms prepared in a Korean BBQ style, roasted shallot chive aioli, and crispy onions on a brioche bun.
Cafe Ponte has an interesting take on the ubiquitous club sandwich, an inspired Turkey Club with turkey breast, apple wood smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, baby greens, sun-dried tomato pesto, and chive mayo on Parmesan bread.
All sandwiches come with a choice of green apple fennel slaw or tabbouleh salad. Dennis was happy to substitute French fries for one in our party.
Food and several glasses of wine brought the total for two in our party to $78 and a penny. The lobster roll is listed as MP (market price). I didn't pick up that part of the check, but market price didn't result in sticker shock.
This was a decidedly good lunch and I understand that dinner at Cafe Ponte is even better.