Our meal at Loyal 9 very good, I enjoyed it much more than on my first visit which I will chalk up to an off night (for both me and the restaurant).
I was feeling mentally spent so we opted for the “Shared Supper”, which is just another name for their chef’s tasting menu. At $50/pp, I thought it was an excellent value. I went in hungry and was stuffed by the time dessert came.
The weather and atmosphere were absolutely perfect on the outside patio. The (large) patio flowing into the cinder blocked walled space with garage door opening reminded me of a casual cafe in Spain. I did not realize the patio was dog friendly, but will be bringing some special guests in the future. Service was friendly and helpful in navigating the alcohol and beer menus with some lesser known offerings.
The food overall is a bit more complex than I sometimes prefer but we enjoyed each dish. Favorites included:
Bluefish & radishes. Maybe the best bluefish prep I have ever had. I could do without raisins in my brown bread, but that is a minor nit.
Tomatoes wiith fried shishito peppers. Heirlooms are still flowing from my garden, so I wasn’t impressed with the tomatoes. However the star of the dish, the house made cheese, almost had me asking for seconds.
Hand rolled salad with boston lettuce and kohlrabi was a unique presentation and very nice dish.
Crispy Steel Cut Oats, pan fried, tossed with spinach, eggplant, and garlic was an inspired and delicious dish.
From the bar, The Dose (amaras mezcal corpse reviver #2) was a perfectly balanced cocktail served in a beautiful glass. Their whiskey list had many offerings that were new to me. They were reasonably priced and fun to explore. The beer list was a bit esoteric for my tastes, but I don’t drink much beer and the beer geeks will love it. There is clearly as much thought that has gone into the bar offerings as the kitchen. Each offering is there for a reason and serviced by the bar staff just so. Very professional and impressive service.
Overall, an excellent meal. I feel gouged by so many of the new openings that the value of the shared menu was greatly appreciated.