Monday, January 19, 2009

The Black Sheep and Good Company


You can’t beat good food, at good prices with great company. I have heard nothing but raves about The Black Sheep. This past Saturday Ms. and Mr. River City Food and Wine and my husband and I went to brunch and finally got to see what everyone was raving about.

It was a miserably cold morning but the small restaurant was nice and cozy. Everyone got something different and I think everyone was pleased. Ms. River City had the Fedora, which was a frittata with mozzarella, roasted peppers, basil and onion. It looked wonderful. Mr. River City had the biscuits and gravy. The plate was large and the gravy looked wonderful (nice brown grave not that white anemic stuff) and the biscuits nice and fluffy. My husband had the Trucker frittata which had potatoes, country ham, pimento cheese and was topped with sausage gravy. I have to admit I love me some pimento cheese. I know it is a half step up from cheese whiz, but this girl loves it. I wasn’t however, sure how well I would like it on a frittata and with sausage gravy. I have to say it was a little bit of heaven. The mix of the pimento cheese and gravy was… well, sinful. My husband said next time he will have it made sans the potato, which he felt distracted from the overall perfection. I had Grillades and Grits. Other than butchering the pronunciation of the dish while ordering (thus having to nurse my ego a bit) the dish was flawless. It was two pork cutlets in a tomato based sauce that was so rich and oily and heavenly, I wanted to lick my plate (and had I not be surrounded by folks other then my dear husband I SO would have) all of it was served over yellow grits. If I had one complaint, I wish I had more grits. I love grits, however only when they are done well. I hate grits that are cooked in water, because it results in a textureless flavorless mess. In my mind, grits really must be cooked in either a broth or milk. Period. These grits were surely cooked in milk and were rich and creamy and the prefect accompaniment to the pork, I just longed for a wee bit more.

All I can say of the two dishes I tasted, was that they both were out of this world. We all had coffee and the total bill was $37. You just can’t beat it. To top it all off we had wonderful company which always makes a great meal heavenly. So I highly recommend, the next time you are looking for a great brunch head on over to The Black Sheep and they will hook you up, the great company you must supply on your own though!!

6 comments:

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds great for the next time we're in Richmond. I am not too far away from you - Fairfax, Virginia.

pjpink said...

We so enjoyed the food and the company!

Swestie said...

1) How have I not heard of this place? Sounds great! Maybe I live under a rock. 2) Who are Ms. & Mr. River City?

Chef E said...

I like the name...I am the adventurer foodie, so bring it on!

Miles said...

I've posted a few things on Richmond restaurants, and Black Sheep is always my favorite, so close to me too. They continue to amaze me, and please, please, make sure to try their desserts. The peanut butter pie makes me cry.

Kate McHugh said...

I am SO stoked to see the great review and your friends' comments. My friend and her boyfriend own the black sheep so they'll be glad to see this too! BTW 10yrs french for ya -- grillades = greeyoddz :)

BTW we adore hte bfast (served til 2!) and my friend last time got the french toast - looked wonderful! SO i'm trying that next time!