So I finally made it to Rumours East on Saturday night, and I must say the experience exceeded my expectations.
There was a good crowd when we arrived at about 7:30, and we were seated at a table in the foyer of the Victorian house, where impressive wooden shelves of wine line the walls. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, even though he was juggling several other tables, including a party of 10 women in the adjoining dining room.
We started with a bottle of Spanish Rioja that cost $33, and the cheese plate, both of which were excellent choices. A basket of fresh-baked bread accompanied healthy portions of four cheeses: a cheddar, drunken goat, Manchego and triple cream (my favorite). A mixture of honey and nuts was a perfect accompaniment, so good that I twice had to chastise my husband for devouring it too quickly.
For an entree I selected the shrimp and grits drizzled with a balsamic reduction, a regular menu item. The dish was wonderfully decadent, and despite the fact that it only came with four shrimps it was more than enough. Unfortunately my husband's entree—the pizza special, topped with artichokes and goat cheese—was nowhere near as good. In fact, it was quite bland, and I think they might have forgotten the goat cheese altogether. But even with that one disappointment, overall I would say the meal was excellent.
In addition to the menu items we selected, there were many more specials I would like to try, like the tuna tartar, sweet potato soup and pretty much of all of the desserts. Maybe I'll get around to those this weekend when I return to the wine bar at 1112 Woodland St., this time with out-of-town guests in tow.