Scott and I stopped in for dinner at the Old Chatham Country Store. It’s a really quaint little place in the heart of Old Chatham, right across the street from Jackson’s (which deserves a review itself — soon!)
We went on a Friday night without reservations at around 6pm. The host (owner?) seated us, but warned (in a very polite way, mind!) that there were reservations about an hour and a half after us that would need the table. He said they like to give people 2 hours for dinner. Scott and I are pretty quick eaters, so we were totally OK with that. I think we were even out of there in an hour.
The menu is simple but interesting, with a focus on local ingredients. I had a very delicious gin and tonic, which was larger than I expected it to be and very well poured.
There is a note on the menu that requests not using mobile devices in the dining room. I bent the rule somewhat to take some quick, inconspicuous, no-flash pictures of the food.
The bread (not pictured) came with what I think was a rosemary-flavored hummus, along with butter. We definitely indulged a little too much. They did bring us a second basket, which is pretty cool. Not that we needed it (but we ate it anyway).
We took a look at the appetizers and settled on a New Jersey-esque tomato pie.
I’ve never heard of pizza described as tomato pie. I’ve heard of it referred to as a pizza pie. I guess I expected something more like a quiche, haha. This tomato pie was delicious. The crust was well done, as I like it, with a good crunch. The cheese they use was particularly delicious and flavorful. Nothing worse than bland cheese on a pizza tomato pie.
As my main course, I picked the lobster tacos appetizer. I loved the avocado cream sauce and the tangy tartness of the lime juice. The corn tortillas were well made and they were not sparse on the lobster.
Scott went with half a roast chicken, asparagus and mashed potatoes. I’m a sucker for yukon gold potatoes so I picked some off of his plate. Very good!
No dinner between Scott and I is complete without ordering french fries. Or, as they call them, shoe string potatoes.
I’m guessing the red velvet cake was a holdover from Valentine’s day, which was the day before. This cake was incredibly moist, and came heavily frosted with cream cheese frosting. My favorite. It was promptly inhaled.
For two people, with drinks, appetizer, dessert, and tip, it was a little over $100. Very reasonable for a fancier night out in the country. Highly recommended – but try to get reservations.