Since we wanted to relive our summer of Main Street once Camille was back, we shopped a bit around the area and made our way to eight ½ restaurant lounge for dinner. Also since it was her birthday, we wanted to go somewhere that was somewhat hip.
True enough, they played a lot of tunes that I was familiar with, including Beirut. Located in this quaint house on E 8th, I initially thought that it was going to be somewhere in between 7th and 8th. Perhaps it's a reference to the Italian movie.
Since the eight 1/2 steak ($18½) seemed a bit overwhelming at 10 ounces, Dorothy and I shared this along with another dish. The sauteed mushrooms were beautifully sauteed, and I was glad they were so generous with them. We were underwhelmed by the mashed potatoes, which were indeed garlicky, but very dry.
We also shared the potato and cheddar mini perogies ($11½), with Peruvian chorizo, and caramelized onions topped with sour cream and chipotle sauce. I thought the perogies, although miniature and cute, were fairly standard. They didn't seem to be as fresh as those from Holy Perogy, but they were nonetheless tasty. I enjoyed the caramelized onions, as well as the chorizo, which was quite good.
Overall, I had a positive experience at eight½, since the food is quite well-priced. However, one of our friends who had ordered the westcoast spaghettini had mild food poisoning and threw up a few times after the meal, which was sad to hear.
eight ½ Restaurant Lounge
151 E 8th Ave