Today we have a blog post about actual food for a change, instead of all this alcohol. No no, I'm still drinking, everything is okay, don't worry! It's just that occasionally, one has line one's stomach with food to absorb the alcohol, and this was one of those times. A delicious time for that matter.
Tomato Cafe is located on Main Street in Fishkill, NY. I had passed there many times before finally bringing the lady and me for a bite to eat. We've been consistently impressed by both the quality of the food and the fair value of the restaurant.
When you enter Tomato cafe, it smells like a good old fashioned Italian restaurant. It's worth noting that while they make many "standard" Italian dishes, the chef clearly has a flair for the original and gets rather creative with the specials - to great effect!
|Garlic bread bites and good Italian bread were served hot and delicious!|
On the visit in question, we started with Tomato Cafe's "Almost Famous" Eggplant cakes. These are made of roasted eggplant, pine nuts and fine herbs, seared and served with a roasted red pepper remoulade. The plate costs $9.
|You simply have to try these "Almost Famous" eggplant cakes. |
No amount of words can convey how tasty these were!
|The greens that came with the Eggplant Cakes had their own delicious dressing!|
The lady ordered Steak Frites. This is a flatiron steak and french fries. It's good to be with a woman who likes to eat meat & steak :) The lady had this cooked medium rather than the medium rare suggested on the menu. It had a beautiful flavor and texture and cut like butter. They cooked it perfectly medium to order, which is nice - nothing worse than asking for a piece of meat cooked a certain way and they do it too rare or too well done. The fries were crisp without being crunchy. If you look at the picture, it's a pretty decent amount of food, and this was the half order!
|This was the half portion of the flatiron steak. I can't imagine the full portion!|
|They cooked it medium, just like it was requested.|
|This was the small size Pesto Pizza. Seriously.|
|Wouldn't you like to try a slice of this? It was awesome!|
The decor is simple and clean. Nothing too fancy, but you're not there for the decor. You're there to enjoy family style dining with flair!
Although we don't have pictures of previous or subsequent visits, we can absolutely recommend the Chicken Paillard $15 (half portion for $8), which is a chicken breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled and served with roasted potatoes and your choice of sautéed spinach or green beans.
The grilled vegetable pizza is also divine. Really, try anything you see on the menu, and don't ignore the specials board - the chef at Tomato Cafe is talented and we're confident that you'll enjoy anything you order off of the menu :)
Oh, we almost forgot - the Gazpacho they make it absolutely incredible - the best I've ever had. It was a special the day we were there, so no promises as to if they'll have it when YOU come - but it's worth stalking. The best gazpacho ever. Seriously - I don't like the stuff usually. This was wonderful.
We'll be sure to go back soon - we really like this place.
Tomato Cafe is located at
1123 Main street in Fishkill, NY 12524