Little Giant Little Giant has the comfortable feel of half coffee shop, half someone’s home den or study.  It’s in a corner spot full of windows, so the beginning of our meal included natural light. As the night grew dark, so did the restaurant, and no lights were turned on. The service was sufficient but the food was rather disappointing. It actually started pretty well but slid downward.

bread and butter

I love simply blistered Shishito Peppers but it’s pretty hard to mess this up.

Shishito

We enjoyed the plump mussels in a light Coconut Lemongrass Broth. We did lots of dipping. The Andouille Sausage tasted more like spicy hot dogs, but it didn’t ruin the dish. The watercress was a nice touch too. This was probably the best dish of the night.

Mussels in Coconut Lemongrass Broth

The Smoked Trout was average. Lon and I enjoyed the buttery cabbage and pickled onion more, but also noted how sloppy looking this plate was.

Smoked Trout

Then two of our sides came before the entrees. Not such a big deal but the bigger problem is that they charge $5 for their Buttermilk Chive Biscuit. We got it because we were told it was their signature, but it’s really just an average biscuit that was a bit over-cooked and actually a tad too salty. The one at BLT Fish is 10X better and it’s free. The roasted beets were very good.

Buttermilk Biscuit, Beets

The Swine (pork butt) was really dry in parts. I enjoyed the farro salad. The flavors were light.

Swine with Farro

The Pollack was average but again, I liked the fresh peas and fava beans.

Pollack

The best entree was the Kobe Steak (although we don’t think it was Kobe, it tasted like regular beef). It was cooked nicely and so was the spinach. I like the herbed spaetzel too but Lon didn’t.

Steak, Spaetzle , Spinach

We all really like the texture of the Mac & Cheese (they use cavatelli) but the cheese they chose wasn’t strong enough. It needed more cheesiness. The bread crumbs and mouthfeel were so good though, it kept me eating it, but wishing it just had a sharper cheese.

Mac & Cheese

Overall, we weren’t that happy with the food so despite it being a birthday dinner, I declined dessert. The prices here are just way too high. I understand they they are using good seasonal produce, but the executions really fall short for the $23-$28 range.

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