Part I: Pierpont's
Food first. (Though of course, we drank first at Pierpont's.) We had the calamari, the tacos, and the poutine. Yes, a complete meal if one doesn't require a healthy salad as part of the deal. The calamari was crispy (not rubbery), had a good sauce, and, although it doesn't look like it here, was not at all blurry. Apparently I was too hungry to look at the picture I took. Sorry!
Our effort at health was the fish tacos. Of course, the Atlantic cod was fried, but there was cilantro ginger slaw and a spicy peanut sauce. And at least we didn't choose the steak and lamb bacon tacos. They sounded delish, but yes, we were being healthy.
Finally, the poutine, with which we started. And although they pronounce it here (and probably everywhere in the U.S.) poo-teen, this Quebec-ean dish is really pronounced pu-tin, like that nasty president. It is supposed to be hand-cut fries with a special kind of brown gravy (which is not made with beef necessarily) poured over white cheddar cheese curds and the fries. Pierpont's version is different, but still very tasty and VERY filling. (But of course we kept eating.) The cheese was a smoked gouda cream poured over braised beef short ribs with ginger beer jus, some scallions, and steak fries. It was a gloppy mess, just as it should be (by definition, depending on which definition you want to go with).
The drinks were very good, as you would expect. Bill had the French Quarter, $12, perhaps because of a new found love of amaro (an Italian bitter liquor used as an digestif) and his old time love of Knob Creek whiskey. The peychard bitters gave it also an interesting additional flavor. I, always a sucker for almost-puns, tried the Rye Not? ($9.25) and would have loved it except I'm not fond of sourish drinks but I thought the honey syrup would make up for fresh lemon juice. But I switched to the house happy hour old fashioned (a dollar off), without the soda of course, and it was actually quite, quite good. No real need to get fancy I guess.
We're putting Pierpont's on our regular list, and not just because there's happiness available there on both Saturdays and Sundays. It's very good!