Garces Trading Company.

What’s your favorite type of restaurant?  Italian?  Chinese?  Barbeque?  If you asked me, I’d have to say a unique blend of components where you can sit comfortably, share with friends and try a multitude foods.
Garces Trading Company is all of those things.  A place where you can relax for brunch, enjoy a leisurely dinner, or even take delicious pieces of your meal home and create it in the comfort of your own kitchen from their market area.  Whether you enjoy bread and bakery items, meats, or cheeses, you can find it for sale under the same roof as this delicious eatery.  Best of all?  It is a byo!  So you can either purchase wine from the shop or simply bring it from home.
Yes, you can try these oils (and vinegar) with house made bread!!! You simply go up with little cups and try as much as you please.  The table favorite was the truffle oil.
For an appetizer we started with baby artichokes…preserver lemon, honey, dates, walnuts.
Simple, yet delicious.  Although I don’t think I’ve ever met an artichoke I didn’t like!
A selection of meats and cheeses.
Endive salad…sevilla orange, bucherondin, golden raisins, anjou pears.
This salad was perfectly light and delicious!  The more I try endive the more I love it.  The bitterness went perfectly with the creamy cheese, crunchy pecans  and sweet fruit.
My Dad tried lyonnaise salad… duck confit, poached egg, bacon lardons, mustard vinegarette. 
And while this dish looked beautiful, it was definitely not anything I was brave enough to try!
We all tried a wide variety of entrees.
Sauteed chatham cod, leek gratin and potatoes over roasted pepper puree.
For my entrée I had the funghi pizza, maitakes, royal trumpets, taleggio and black truffles.  Thin, crunchy crust, covered in melty cheese and a variety of mushrooms… I’d have to say this may have been one of the best pizzas I ever had.
The main event of dinner though…
Deep dish pizza with house smoked bacon!  It takes 40 minutes to cook and is a massive meal.  How big you ask?  Well let’s just say Jay, my brother and brother in law shared the pizza. There was still some left over.
The pizza was so ooey gooey that we laughed as we watched them eat it.
There was literally a string of cheese that connected their plates.  Lady and the tramp style.  It kept us laughing for awhile.
And finally, as the grand finale I had to try some dessert.
Holy decadent chocolate dessert.  Yes, we all had a few bites.  Yes, we were still laughing about the cheese. 
And yes, you should visit.

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