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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertry

The menu at this place would make an uppity person think twice about trying it out. But let me tell you, this place is amazing. A very small, intimate place with old movie memorabilia adorned on the walls.

Most of the waitresses appear as actresses from the 1940s and 50s - beautiful and surreal. The owner is warm and genuinely appreciative of any compliments. His wife is the 'chef' and steers the kitchen.

The place is small, as mentioned before. There is a 'bar' and more often than not, Tim and I tend to park our butts at the counter when asked if the counter is okay. Despite our keep-to-our-space-like personalities, sitting next to someone at the counter does not bother us at this place.

I've dabbled in many of the items on this menu in the past several years: crab cakes (to-die-for), the Annie "Get Your Goat" Salad, the meatloaf, and the pasta bella. The oyster appetizer (fried oysters) are the best ever.

A couple of years ago, we were told by our neighbor (from our last house) that there is a steak filet special the cafe offers but does not put on the menu. Our next visit, after being told this 'secret', we ordered it and my god, this is the meal of the gods.

Sometimes, when time passes, I'll tend to think that I must've exaggerated my recollection of my taste buds at this place. But we had another fine meal there last night and the filet was what we shared. All I could do with that first bite is close my eyes and relish the heaven that my taste buds were experiencing.

This is no exaggeration: Hayes Barton Cafe has THE BEST STEAK I have ever had in my entire life.

Put the atmosphere of this quaint diner, add a beautiful 1950s look-alike actress with the red lips, a great bottle of Merlot and this meal designed for the greatest people in the world, and you will have one of the best culinary moments you could ever ask for.

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