Kate: Cheese Ravioli
So, I was PUMPED to try my first Food Network featured spot. I have been watching that channel almost non-stop over the last few months. And, when we knew we were traveling to the Philadelphia area, I made up a list of places I had seen on the Food Network that I would love to try. Now, this one was not on my list, as it had been pretty recently featured on the channel, but I was glad to get the chance to try at least one "famous" place.
I CLEARLY remembered this episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives because the one specialty at this place is Snapper Soup... And, that's not like the fish snapper, they are talking about snapping turtles. For real. Guy Fieri assists the head chef as he makes this soup from this giant turtle. Now, I am pretty adventurous, but that was a little more than I was willing to take on. So, I opted for another dish that they showed in that episode, their ravioli.
Now, we know that I am not a red meat eater, which was very unfortunate in this case because it was actually the meat raviolis that were featured on the show AND they were on special that day. But, since there was a non-meat option, I thought I would give it a go. And, I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with my meal. There wasn't a lot of flavor to the filling in the ravioli. And, the marinara sauce was watery and also fairly lacking in the flavor department. I loaded on the crushed red pepper so there would be something to it. I understand that the meat ravioli that Paul ate was better, but still not a knock your socks off dish. I mean, I didn't leave hungry. I cleaned my plate like a good girl. But, it left a little to be desired, especially from a Triple D spot.
The place was charming, though. It has that old, rustic feel. Its located in what used to be a hotel that was built in 1742 and was Pineville's major landmark. Its been there for a while. They recently underwent a renovation/update, but we didn't get to explore the whole place.
There are a lot of dead animals on the wall (there was a preserved for all time squirrel climbing a tree right next to our table. Charming!), but I think that adds to the atmosphere of the place. I hear that are some ghost stories connected with it. AND, I LOVED this... they have an herb garden right in the front of the place that you see when you walk in. AND, they use the herbs from the garden in their dishes, or so they say. Now, that I can totally get behind.
It seems to be a local favorite. Our friends eat there often and say they have never had a bad meal. And, my meal wasn't bad. It just wasn't incredible, like I expected it to be.
So, there you have it. My first Triple D visit. Hopefully, not my last!
three golden forks out of five.