Veal Striploin at Liberty Tavern

Liberty Tavern's Veal Striploin with Potato/Chevre Soufle, Grilled Asparagus, and Picatta Sauce
Liberty Tavern’s Veal Striploin with Potato/Chevre Soufle, Grilled Asparagus, and Picatta Sauce

The Liberty Tavern in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood is consistently my favorite.  They change their menu with the seasons and last night we happened to stop in for dinner on day 2 of their Late Spring Menu!  As always I got the Grilled Octopus Salad as a starter.  This broccolini/potato salad with olives has the most delicious grilled and tender pieces of octopus.  I have sold numerous dining companions on this salad and they always agree that it’s amazing!

The service at Liberty Tavern is unfailingly  fantastic.  They have low turn-over so you see familiar faces, and they are always extremely well-educated about the menu.  My having a wonderful experience appears to be a serious goal of the entire staff at this vibrant restaurant.

The house Pinot Noir at Liberty Tavern, the GC Willamette Valley...a real winner!
The house Pinot Noir at Liberty Tavern, the GC Willamette Valley…a real winner!

Tonight, however, the entree was the star of the show.  The Veal Striploin was perfectly seared and set on a bed of fresh local asparagus, and paired with a Potato/Chevre soufflé.  The soufflé alone made me want to find a room where I could be alone with it!  The sauce was a frothy “Picatta” sauce with the flavors of preserved lemon, capers, and olives (I’m guessing here).  It was a fantastic combination, satisfying yet light.  We enjoyed it with an Oregon Pinot Noir, the GC Willamet Valley.  The wine was perfect with this meal.  It was a medium-bodied, caramelized pinot with lots of fruit but a really mature flavor.

The evening was something of a special occasion as a long-time friend from my past was visiting.  I was so proud to be able to show off my bustling neighborhood and this fabulous restaurant.  We reminisced and enjoyed a few drinks and the atmosphere made the evening enjoyable from start to finish.

Well done Liberty Tavern!  You remain the best dining Clarendon has to offer.

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