The artichokes were also an amazing treat. I've never been a real fan of artichokes (except maybe in a dip here and there), but these were so tender, fresh and filled with wonderfully smoky flavor that I might have just need to expand my palate. I never thought I would say it, but I am ready to go back for more artichokes.
But on to more of the spread...
For our first entree, yes first entree, we tried the Hawaiian Rib-Eye ($32). The sweet marinated rib-eye was grilled over hardwood and it came out crispy, smoky, and, unfortunately, just a little overcooked. The crispy, fatty edges were great, but the center was beyond pink to a chewy grey. Great flavor but a misstep in an almost perfect evening.
Unlike the pork chop, there was no consensus when it came dessert time. Hillstone spoiled us with an sample of each dessert on the menu. I'm tempted to say I liked the Key Lime Pie ($8) best, but I have to admit I ate more bites of the Warm Five-Nut Brownie ($8) than any of the others. Served with a fantastic side of locally-sourced vanilla ice cream and a champagne custard, it was a brownie like no other.
Hillstone, oh Hillstone, how I love thee. Thy delicious meal, thy beautiful sunset, thy gracious service... Wait, I think I'm falling into one of those trances again. It's easy to do when everything is this wonderful.
5 Serendipitous Scrumptiousness out of 5
Note: My fellow diners and I were treated to a complimentary meal thanks to Hillstone.