Durham, N.C. — The warm weather brings summer-inspired menus! The Washington Duke Inn's Fairview Restaurant in Durham unveiled its new summer menu last week to the media. Here are some highlights:
The Goat Lady Dairy Chevre and Beet Salad ($12) - Absolutely delicious! I never thought I'd love beets (never been a fan before), but this was a great light dish. And the cheese....Wow! We sampled this alongside the...
Rosemary Grilled Niman Ranch Pork Chop ($26) - This dinner entree is served with braised mustard greens, herb roasted fingerlin potatoes and bourbon peach chutney. The flavors in the pork chop are really nice and the chutney is divine.
I also really enjoyed the American Red Snapper ($27) - Served with caramelized spcied cauliflower, grilled sweet onion and marinated tomato, jalapeno tomato vin blanc. Nothing says summer like a great fresh fish and this snapper is a meal and then some.
The snapper was served alongside their Cotton Farms Kale Salad ($10), which comes with blue lake pole beans, citrus marinated fennel, red cabbage and lemon dressing.
My favorite part of every meal is dessert and executive chef Jason Cunningham didn't disappoint!
Pistachio Frangipane Purse (Crispy feuille-de-bric, swiss meringue, pistachio creme and served with orange blossom ice cream) - Loved the ice cream along with this and the pistachios. A great combo and not too heavy.
Chocolate Mousse and Cherries (dark chocolate mousse, Cheerwine cherries, ancho chile flourless chocolate cake and topped with Cheerwine syrup) - Chocolate and cherries are a classic combo and the Cheerwine just makes this a dish you don't want to pass up.
Blackberry Shortcake (blackberry vanilla coulis, kaffir lime white chocolate cream) - I really liked the cream and the blackberries were tart and fresh!