Food Porn: Scarlet

For our second meal of Restaurant Week we decided on Scarlet, a restaurant that’s tucked away in Allentown on Virginia, across the street from Fat Bob’s and Mothers.  While I’ve had a few drinks there in the past, I never had the opportunity to eat a proper meal there.  Their menu always intrigued both of us but for some reason we never made our way over for dinner.  So when Local Restaurant came around again, I figured that it was finally time to cross this off the list.

Their “website” appears to be a little out dated so I was really curious to see what their Restaurant Week offering would be.  With an offer of an Appetizer, a Salad, and an Entree; it was clear that we’d be getting our $21.11’s worth.  So without a reservation we walked down the street and hoped for the best on a Wednesday night.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual Fine Dining
  • Cuisine: Fine Dining (Pasta, Seafood, Steak)
  • Prices: Appetizers Under $10; Entrees $20-$35; Sandwiches/Pizza $10-$15
  • Location: Allentown

Since I don’t make my way down this Virgina side street too often, I can never tell how busy this place gets.  So as we walked into the restaurant and noticed there wasn’t an empty table, I immediately regretted not making a reservation.  Luckily we found ourselves two seats at the bar and went from there.

We sat down at a gorgeous long wooden bar, against an exposed brick wall with ‘liquor trees” on each end.  Our side had a very elaborate “Vodka Tree” (see in gallery), there’s also a nice large projected TV Screen in the middle of the bar so that people dining on the second floor could watch whatever happened to be on.  As we were sitting at the bar waiting to place our order, I made a mental note that, regardless of how the food turned out, this was definitely a place I’d like to return to more often for a drink.

We noticed that the Appetizer being served was a “sampler” size, so Alli and myself decided to order a 3rd appetizer with our meal.  So she ordered the Cheese Fondue (pictured below), I ordered the Tuna Tartar (gallery) and our extra appetizer was their Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls ($9, gallery).  For a ‘sample,’ the Cheese Fondue was in a nice sized bread bowl and served with a good amount of toasted bread and slices of apples.  Hands down this was my favorite appetizer of the night, the mixture of three cheeses had been melted together to form an overflowing, creamy, hot dip.  Alli went as far as to deconstruct the actual bread bowl in order to get as much out of the dish as she possibly could, she loved it that much.  It’s definitely something that I would order again whenever we get to go back.

Cheese Fondue in Bread Bowl

Even though its become a very “hip” dish to put on a menu, I’ve yet to try Tuna Tartar.  Aside from being a little put off by the “canned” look of the tuna itself, I really enjoyed the appetizer.  The Tuna was fresh and the crispy wontons were warm and had a great crunch.  It was a little difficult to eat as the wontons fell apart and I eventually had to start piling things on top of a fork in order to get a bite, but it was worth it.  The Buffalo Chicken Eggroll are three words that Alli loves to hear.  We’ve tried Cole’s version plenty of times and typically it involves pieces of chicken with carrots, celery slices and some blue cheese and hot sauce wrapped and fried in an eggroll.  That said, Scarlet’s version was incredibly blue cheese heavy.  The rolls exploded once we cut into them and a steamy blue cheese-chicken mixture poured right out onto the plate.  It was very light on the actual Chicken and it came with a side of straight hot sauce (pretty sure it was Frank’s).  While very very messy, we still enjoyed them but they weren’t as good as Cole’s version.

The salads (not pictured, sorry) definitely deserve to be mentioned…more specifically Alli’s salad.  A simple plate of field greens with a pecan vinaigrette dressing, but what set it apart was the Goat Cheese Fritters.  These were quarter sized balls of goat cheese that were lightly breaded and deep fried, simply put they were fantastic (but what deep fried cheese isn’t?).

Our entrees sadly weren’t as exciting but Alli and myself were on the verge of exploding from eating so much, so that might have factored into our opinions (we always tend to overload ourselves on appetizers and soups/salads…we are trying to work on that flaw).  I ordered the Lemon Pepper Chicken pasta (pictured in gallery).  The sauce wasn’t very heavy at all but still had a really strong lemon flavor.  There wasn’t a lot of chicken but the pieces that I could find were very tender and juicy.  Alli’s Grilled Steak Pizza (pictured below) was a thin pizza, that was loaded with tender steak, spinach, and had a good crispy crust.  I had her leftover for lunch the next day and while I wasn’t blown away, I wouldn’t stop someone from ordering it in the future.

Grilled Steak Pizza

We had somehow managed to follow up our fantastic meal at Shango with another great meal at Scarlet.  Their menu is slightly out of our normal price range but I’d definitely be interested in trying more next time we have a little extra cash laying around.  They do have a Burger option along with several Pizzas that are all under $15 and would be great to sit at the bar and order something.  Not only is Scarlet a great option if you are looking or a great date spot, but it’s definitely a good drinking location for those looking for something quiet and without loads of crazy college kids crowding the bar.  Since we sat at the bar I can’t really comment on the table service but we didn’t have to wait very long for our food and it looked like everyone around us were being served quickly.  If you are going to try to eat here on the weekend, I’d suggest calling ahead and making a reservation.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Scarlet

  1. elizabeth

    i love this place. not enough people know about it for dinner or drinks. glad you liked it!

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