Carsons's has been a place I've wanted to try since it first opened and graduation weekend seemed like the perfect time to give it a try! Planning meals for 9-11 people for 3 days was no easy task, but every spot we hit seemed to be a crowd pleaser! On our final big group dinner this past Saturday evening I made reservations at Carsons. We had a rocky start with some confusion about the reservation times with our hostesses, but the food and service after that point more than made up for it!
Naturally we started with a few drinks. Jack with his usual bourbon on the rocks (Maker's Mark this time around) and I chose a Merlot from Washington State that was delicious with our appetizers!
If it weren't for the large group we were with, I could've strictly eaten from the starter menu! The two appetizers we did choose to split though were so delicious. We had the Baked Goat Cheese with truffle rolls and the Bearnaise Truffle Fries, obviously keeping any reservations about dieting to the side for this meal.
Jack obviously has a much bigger appetite than myself, even after a weekend of large, rich meals. So he decided to order the Set and Spicy Flat Iron Steak, it comes over a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and topped with fried onion straws. He admittedly said it was one of the best meals he had, had that weekend mostly thanks to the delicious Siracha Bourbon BBQ sauce that the steak with marinated with!
Trying to convince myself I was being healthy, I ordered the Soft Shell Crab Salad. It was absolutely delicious and I loved that the whole crab was placed on the salad (proof there was no imitation)! It came with 3 sauces to drizzle, Siracha, creme fraiche, and a spicy dill ranch for the dressing. Even beside the flash fried crab, the salad tasted very fresh and is something I'd definitely order again!
I think one of my favorite parts was getting to sit outside on their beautiful patio under toasty heat lamps, with a fireplace near by! We all loved the atmosphere combined with delicious food. Carson's left us all smiles and no room for desert (for once)! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for group gatherings and anyone who loves American style food with a local twist.