***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Eat*Drink*Cleveland (Comment #30), randomly-selected winner of a $25 gift card to Restaurant Trentina! Remember, Restaurant Trentina is now open for lunch service as well as dinner!***
While I was on maternity leave, I not only got to spend tons of time with my favorite little man, but I also got to be a lady who lunches. My mom and I would often meet up around an activity with Jeffrey, grab a bite, and then Grandma could spend some time with the kiddo.
One day, we found ourselves down in Hudson and lunched at the new Peachtree Southern Kitchen. Chef Matthew Mathlage of the former Light Bistro is at the helm, so I was expecting something tasty.
We started with an order of spicy chicken cracklins, served with hot sauce and honey.
I had sampled the cracklins at the Veggie U Food and Wine event, so I knew we were in for a crispy treat. I loved the hot sauce and honey combo, which added just the right amount of kick.
For my lunch entree, I chose the daily special of mac ‘n cheese with pork belly and bacon jam.
So decadent, so good. For those Light Bistro fans, you’ll remember the special mac ‘n cheese was always a good choice and it’s no different at Peachtree.
Dessert was a shared affair of beignets, served with powder sugar and honey.
As someone who has traveled a lot in the southern US and adores the cuisine, Peachtree is spot on, from the taste to the decor. I felt like I spent an afternoon in the south and it was lovely!
From the south to Italy, another day we lunched at Flour Restaurant. We couldn’t resist sharing the Funghi pizza, straight from the wood-fired pizza oven. The crispy, slightly chewy crust was topped with roasted shallots, wild mushrooms, goat cheese, thyme, and white truffle oil.
We ate the entire pizza. So fast I didn’t even get a picture of it. Take my word for it, the pizza at Flour is not to be missed!
It’s just a short jaunt from Flour to Chagrin Falls, where we took a little stroll with Jeffrey.
We had to stop in Elementarie baby boutique, which has a gorgeous selection of clothes, toys, and gift items for the little one in your life. Plus, Jeffrey loved just being around all the bright colors in the shop!
And no trip to Chagrin Falls is complete without a stop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. I tried one of Jeni’s ice cream sandwiches, with a hazelnut macaron, dark chocolate ice cream, and chopped hazelnuts.
The next time you want to be a lady who lunches, I highly recommend Peachtree Southern Kitchen and Flour Restaurant. Both have delicious menus and proximity to great shopping…what more could a lady who lunches need?