Yes, I am going backward in time a few weeks, but, since we had such a nice dinner on New Year's Eve, I want to pay tribute to it.
These days, we don't go far on New Year's Eve and tend to shun the big deal fixed-price restaurant meals. As with most holiday meals in restaurants, they often don't live up to their price and fanfare.
But, we like to go out, even it if it is locally.
And, we are lucky enough to have several very nice restaurants close to home.
Lark Creek Café in Walnut Creek is one of our regular favorite for fresh, creative, American regional cuisine. When I discovered that they would be serving their regular menu, with a few special dishes, on New Year's Eve, we decided that this is where we would go with friends Mary Ann and Dean.
We enjoyed one of the best meals we've had on New Year's Eve and any time we dine out. The dining room was festive. Friends stopped by to say hello to us.
We were not rushed. It was as perfect as could be.
Mary Ann and Dean brought a bottle of Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch 2006 Merlot for us to drink with our dinner. It was fabulous and a special treat.
We all had appetizers...Fried Calamari, Butternut Squash Soup, Apple & Romaine Salad. Unfortunately, I was enjoying the food so much, I forgot to take photos.
Our main courses were Stuffed Pork Loin
Scallops wrapped in Bacon
When it got to dessert,
Dean ordered the night's special dessert, Baked Alaska.
Jim treated himself to a Hot Fudge Sundae.
And, boring me, ordered a plate of fresh fruit (which I thoroughly enjoyed!).
As I've mentioned, I regularly dine at Lark Creek, both for lunch and dinner. The quality and pleasant service is always outstanding.
They did not dissappoint on busy New Year's Eve.