Food Porn: The Wine Thief

picture source: Buffalo Rising

UPDATE: The Wine Thief has since closed this location and are currently waiting to reopen at a new unnamed location.  We’ll update the article with a new location when we find out.

Normally when I write about a new restaurant I’ll say something to the effect of “I’ve been dying to try this place for a long time now”.  But with the Wine Thief I actually had almost no urge to go.  Plain and simple…I don’t like wine.  It has nothing to do with the taste but I really don’t know much about wine and I’ve never gone out of my way to try different regions or different types.  I love trying different types of beer and working at a ‘beer store’ for a summer really helped me develop my palate.  The problem with wine is it’s a little bit more expensive of a hobby; for 4 dollars I can split a growler or 6 pack with friends and try a new beer.

My mistake was that I never thought about their food, I thought you HAD to like wine to try this place out but I was wrong.  Sure it definitely helps if you enjoy wine and can enjoy their fantastic selection and the cool “wine on tap system” they have, but they have a decent menu as well.  Walking in on a Friday night I was afraid we would have to wait for a long time, but luckily we were seated right away at a really nice table with these antique and extremely comfortable leather chairs (see above).

We started our meal with one of Alli’s favorite things in the world, flat bread pizza.  The Wine Thief has two pizzas on their menu and we (predictably) ordered the Buffalo Mozzarella.  It wasn’t a “proper flat bread” as the crust was a little thicker then I would have preferred.  Their sauce must have had Frank’s or some type of pepper because it had a noticeable kick but combined with a distinctive sugary sweetness.  Their pizzas are big for an appetizer but the two of us were both very hungry and devoured the entire thing.

When I was looking at their menu I noticed one particular item that stuck out, their Duck Tacos ($16).  I haven’t had duck in a long time and the fatty Duck Confit meat mixed with yellow rice, peas, peppers and salsa was fantastic.  Alli had ordered herself the rack of lamb (not pictured) and while satisfied with the taste, was extremely disappointed by the portion.  For $20 she had three really tiny pieces of lamb; basically it came down to about 4 bites of meat, total.  It should be noted that they were cooked to a medium rare and were quite tasty…but the portion was definitely not worth the price.  The Duck Taco entree probably wouldn’t have filled me up on its own either, but since we had split that pizza earlier I wasn’t left hungry.

While the atmosphere is great and the location is a must for anyone who even remotely enjoys wine, for Alli and I it was just alright.  The food was good and the service was top notch, but the pizza didn’t WOW either of us and Alli’s Rack of Lamb was almost shockingly small.  The Duck Taco was something new and their rest of their menu is filled with other fine dining options like Steaks, Seafood and Pork/Chicken, all for somewhat reasonable prices (~15-25).  So while we didn’t love it, I would recommend it for a romantic dinner, a ‘girls night out’ or a place to go to grab a delicious glass of wine.

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