Sunday, August 3rd was our very first wedding anniversary. Here are the highlights in a little graphic I made for Rob.
We were back in Richmond from our Saturday getaway to Virginia’s Northern Neck, and we were looking forward to spending a low-key Sunday together, running errands together and eating good food. We started with brunch at Carytown’s Galaxy Diner (http://www.yelp.com/biz/galaxy-diner-richmond).
Neither Rob nor I had ever been there before, but with our new Museum District digs, we’ve been effortful about trying new places in Carytown. It’s a goofy looking place, very sci-fi meets 50s diner. The items on the menu are “cosmo” this and “super nova that,” but we of course went with the “interplanetary breakfast.”
Rob had the Callahan Breakfast Platter, a layered carb explosion beginning with hash browns, topped with toast, topped with chicken fried steak, topped with over-easy eggs, TOPPED WITH creamy gravy. I had their biscuits and gravy with a side of sausage patties and really delicious warm cinnamon apples.
My b&g were absolutely classic, hearkening back to my Rollins dorm group breakfasts. Nothing special, but that’s just what I liked about them. The sausage too were deliciously normative, but it was actually the apples that were the unique point of my meal - they tasted like autumn in a bowl and are a seldom-seen accompaniment to diner fare. Rob’s was also very good, but he was full beyond measure from such a big and rich platter. The icing on the cake was that this was all very affordable, a trend that would continue at our dinner locale.
Since we’d had such a nice dinner the night before, we didn’t need anything too traditionally celebratory for dinner on our proper anniversary. So after a day of running errands, we walked about twenty minutes from our place to Garnett’s (http://garnettscafe.com/), an adorable sandwich shop on the corner of Park and Meadow. They have a “date night” deal where you can get two entrees and a bottle of wine for $30…from 6-9pm…ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK. Sign us up!
Rob, having recovered from his big breakfast, ordered “The Colonel,” a roast beef, and turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Garnett’s signature “tiger sauce” (kind of a sweet and spicy, mayo-based sauce if I’m not mistaken) on toasted wheat bread. He had it with an order of coleslaw, and he was all set.
I had the croque florentine, a warm ham sandwich with gruyere cheese, spinach, red onion, and garlic aioli on grilled Italian bread. I had never heard of topping a sandwich with sauce before, but this one was topped with mornay sauce, not unlike alfredo.
I selected potato chips as my side, and I got a whole bowl of them!
Rob and I agreed that my sandwich was the clear winner here. His was of course very tasty, but between the yummy, garlicky, oniony, meaty, cheesy interiorand that warm, creamy sauce, the florentine was absolute heaven.
Despite loving it, I didn’t get very far, and I had to take about half of it to go. This may or may not have enabled us to request a slice of one of their gorgeous homemade cakes they keep on display at the counter. I mean, we didn’t have any of our own wedding cake to eat on our first anniversary, so we had to do something!
We ordered a slice of double chocolate chip, and I tell you, it might as well have come out of somebody’s mom’s kitchen. It was as homemade as it gets, and it was the perfect ending to our calorie-packed anniversary. Well, almost the ending…we may or may not have gone home and shared a drink from the new tiki bowl I got Rob to commemorate the occasion :)
This was our first time at both of these restaurants, and we would go to both again in a heartbeat. Galaxy Diner was just the type of diner that every town needs, with affordable staples and lots of gravy. Garnett’s was a dream - with that date night deal and selection of delectable sandwiches that are so much more than just lunchmeat and cheese, we can’t wait to go back. Big thank you to both of these establishments for giving us exactly what we wanted on our anniversary - a little relaxation, a little gluttony, and a little opportunity to reminisce about our wedding day one year before.