It's Branford CT's 2nd Annual Restaurant Week!
April 14th through the 20th 2013
April 14th through the 20th 2013
We celebrated by going to Ballou's Restaurant and Wine Bar! This was our first visit there although we had heard some great things about it! Ballou's bills themselves as "a relaxed and casual wine bar ... that offers a selection of wines from around the world as well as local vineyards."
Ballou's is located in the Indian Neck section of Branford CT, at the site of the old Indian Neck General Store and Market.
We started off with a "flight" of wine, ordering a Riesling, a Pinot Noir, (no particular brands) - and for the third selection, told our waitperson, Jennifer, to surprise us.
Jenn brought over our flight, which consisted of the following:
Wine # 201: Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling, Oregon, Flavors of peach and apricots
Wine #301: Sante Pinot Noir by Coppola, California,
Bright fruit flavors, silken texture and fine tannins
Wine #401: Di Grazia William Sonnet Blush Riesling, Connecticut, White Grape wine blushed with raspberry
They were all wonderful, but true to form, my favorite was the Williamette Valley Riesling.
The flights at Ballous range from about $14.00 to $18.00. Flights are a wonderful way to sample some new wines at an affordable price, and discover new ones without breaking the bank! And let's be serious. They're just plain fun! While we were there it looked like everyone was ordering a flight too!
As part of Ballou's Branford Restaurant Week special, we were able to order an appetizer to share, two entrees, and a dessert or shared fondue. That's right, a 3-course dinner for two for only $35.00. What a great deal!
We started with a shared Assorted Cheese-Plate that included, Havarti Dill, Sharp Cheddar & Gruyere cheese served with sliced apple, cranberry walnut chutney, and crackers
The cowboy originally ordered the prime rib, but was told it wasn't available, so I talked him into the brisket.
I ordered the Roasted Portabella Mushrooms and Spinach Ravioli blended with Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan and Pecorino Romano Cheeses. and served with a delicious creamy Gorgonzola Sauce.
Next we moved on to dessert. Instead of ordering off the menu, we decided to split a dessert fondue, and ordered the chocolate and peanut butter fondue.
|Jennifer serves our chocolate and peanut butter fondue at Ballou's Wine Bar in Branford CT|
The fondue came with cubed pound cake, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, and cubed rice krispie treats. Although this was very good, I think the next time I order it I would ask that they go a little heavier on the peanut butter. I'm not sure if it was the brand or flavor of chocolate that was used, but we both detected a bit of burnt taste from the chocolate. Although this wouldn't deter us from ordering it again, to see if it was the chocolate, or if perhaps our palates were compromised from our dinners.
We had a lovely time participating in #BranfordRestaurantWeek2013 and Ballou's Restaurant and Wine Bar is definitely on our list of places to return to!
Ballou's is open year round and accepts all major credit cards.
2 Sybil Ave
Branford, CT 06405
203 208 1701
Have you visited a wine bar?
Do you have any favorite specials from recent restaurant weeks?
I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.