Matt and I were able to go out for dinner on Tuesday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day…his mom came to stay with us for a few days (which has been a God-send…it’s so easy to run an errand when you’re by yourself!) and watched the kids so that we could have dinner at a really cool restaurant.
It’s called Eleven Eleven Mississippi, and if you haven’t been there, you must go. It’s located in Lafayette Square, and the restaurant is an old, rehabbed building that, in its former life, was part of a shoe factory. I really, really love old buildings like this, with exposed brick and ductwork and history. Matt had been telling me about this place for some time. Our conversations would generally go something like this:
Me: What did you do for lunch today?
Matt: I took a customer out to eat.
Me: Oooohhh, where’d you go?
Matt: Eleven Eleven Mississippi. I had salmon and carmelized brussels sprouts and –
Me: OK, that’s enough. I had peanut butter and jelly.
We had this conversation probably 4 or 5 times in the last year, specifically about this restaurant (and many other conversations similar to this one about other restaurants). So for Christmas, he surprised me with a gift certificate to Eleven Eleven Mississippi, which we got to use it on Tuesday night. I felt right at home parking my minivan next to this restaurant, in a neighborhood full of minivans. Oh wait, I mean mine was the only one. Anyway, Matt ate whatever their 3-course Tuscan special of the night was (it involved a lot of seafood, and since I’m allergic, I couldn’t have any. Just kidding, I just hate seafood), and I had the Hearts of Romaine salad and the ribeye, because I don’t eat things like rabbit. Everything was so, so good. We shared the Napoleon for dessert, and had a glass of wine with dinner. Don’t go to this place if you’re on a diet, or at least plan to splurge whilst there…there’s a fair amount of butter and cream being used in the dishes! So definitely check them out if you’ve got a special occasion coming up.
I’ll leave you with my favorite picture of all time of my Valentine and me…this was not taken anywhere near Valentine’s Day, but it’s still perfect for today. 2 kids in love, circa 1995.