If I created a Top 5 Favorite Restaurants list, Table 52 would undoubtedly be on the list. Since my husband and I love the restaurant equally, it was the perfect place to celebrate our 2-year anniversary on Tuesday. Everything about the restaurant speaks to me; from the coziness of the downstairs dining room with the open wood-burning oven, to Chef Art Smith’s southern comfort food, its the kind of place where you want to come and stay awhile. Located in a carriage house, the restaurant’s warm yellow tones, wood paneled walls, and large hutch holding dishes and serving pieces make you feel like you’ve stepped into someone’s beautiful home dining room.
When seated at Table 52, you’re happily welcomed with a deviled egg with a season twist. On Tuesday the egg was mixed with a pea and arugula stew. Next, the most ridiculous Parmesan Goat Cheese Biscuit that were recently removed from the wood-burning oven arrive at your table. Once you’ve tasted both starters, you think to yourself that it can’t get much better than this; but then it does.
At Table 52, a lot of the menu items remain the same, while changing the preparation seasonly. You may always find the Fried Green Tomatoes, but not always with pickled peaches, bacon and buttermilk, which is how we enjoyed it most recently.
For my meal, I ordered the Salmon, which also changes seasonly. The dish was prepared with black lentils, pork belly pieces, and a green and red apple slaw on top. It was absolutely genius how the different flavors and textures blended together.
My husband ordered the Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with lo mein noodles, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and coconut-ginger chili sauce. This dish is a Table 52 staple, and always present on the menu. The tender chicken and tangy chili sauce flavors mean you cannot go wrong with this dish.
Totally unnecessary but impossible to resist, the Three-Cheese Mac. The pot arrives oozing with copious amounts of cheese, which is melted in the wood-burning oven. I think the picture speaks for itself.
Don’t even thing about going to Table 52 without trying Art’s famous Hummingbird cake. The banana-pineapple cake is moist and fluffy, and topped with cream cheese frosting. Wash it all down with a scoop of the vanilla bean ice cream.