Restaurant Week in New Haven always requires a strategy. This fall, there are 30 restaurants to choose from, and each offers prix-fixe three-course meals for $18 (lunch) or $32 (dinner). We tend choose Restaurant Week spots based on the following criteria: 1) Places we usually save for Parent’s Weekend 2) Places with overall awesome menus and 3) Places where, in our stubbornness, we tend to order the same menu items every time we go.
We decided to start with Heirloom at the Study Hotel, whose Restaurant Week menu is the perfect mix of old favorites and more unique menu items to sample in your 3 courses.
My appetizer was great: Heirloom’s tomato soup is a favorite during the winter, and is offered as an entree with grilled cheese. Annie’s walnut crostini could have used some more flavor, but how can you say no to grilled bread?
For entrees, I ordered the chopped salad, which includes apples, currants, brussel sprouts, goat cheese, wheatberries, and cranberries. The citrus vinegarette was refreshing and crisp and went well with the creamy bits of goat cheese.
Annie went a little crazier with the pork belly panino. She enjoyed it but said it tasted a little fatty. The spiced chick pea salad it came was curry-flavored but light.
For dessert, we had the butterscotch pudding and caramel apple sundae. The pudding was incredible, a caramel-flavored custard with toasted marshmallow on top that made for a ridiculously sweet treat. Since Heirloom is known for its desserts, this was the perfect way to try some of new additions to their dessert menu.
Yes, we left Heirloom with sugar highs and our stomachs stuffed, and yes, we almost fell asleep in our next class because of it. You know what they say: Restaurant Week is a marathon, not a sprint.