I was so thrilled when Schnookie named this blog “IPB Eats” rather than “IPB Cooks & Bakes”. I do not cook and I rarely bake (although I’m confident that will change with the new kitchen) but I do eat. I love food; I love talking about it, learning about it, and watching other people prepare it. So by calling the blog “IPB Eats” it allows me to write about my experiences with food.
Yesterday evening the denizens of IPB Manor decided to celebrate by eating out at Main Street Bistro, in Princeton, NJ. Once named one of America’s Best Neighborhood Restaurants by a major food magazine (I think Gourmet?), Main Street is a reliable place to get above-average food in a comfortable, low-key environment. The entire dinner was fabulous, from start to finish, but what I wanted to write about was the Country Fried Green Tomato that served as my appetizer. I had previously had a fried green tomato at a Southern restaurant in Alexandria, VA, but had been terribly unimpressed. Concerned that my general foul mood at the time had unfairly skewed my opinion of friend green tomatoes, I bravely ordered one last night. It came fried in a buttermilk breading and served on a bed of frisee with a warm bacon vinaigrette and a liberal sprinkling of thick chunks of bacon. With the first bite I knew I had, indeed, been giving fried green tomatoes an unfair shake. This one was crisp, tart and delightfully acidic. It was also surprisingly sweet, and the texture supplied a satisfying bite. When combined with the bacon, the vinaigrette and the breading, it tasted exactly like that last scrumptious bite of BLT, where the toast has had all lunch to soak in the bacon grease and the tomato juices.
I gave it 7 stars out of 10. (Though the mere presence of bacon will generally get any food product a solid five starts of ten.)