We had heard about Frog N Snail, the sister restaurant of Sprout, for a while now, and we finally found some time to go! As you walk in, there is a quiet, relaxing ambience that gets your tummy ready for some pleasant, comforting European classics.
We started with the Snails Y’all (Figure 1), which was a mushroom and snail ragout with butternut squash and fried kale on a bed of goat cheese grits. This is had the essence of a spring dish with popping colors, fresh flavors and perfectly cooked snails. Frog N Snail really outdid themselves with the second half of the name. I’m saving the frog part for next time.
With the first course also came with buttery, toasted bread with a thick, white bean dip that was most likely butter based (Figure 2) but extremely difficult to refrain from…
The crostini appetizer (little breads originated in Italy) we ordered was a blast of seafood toppings, including salmon, shrimp and very well-marinated white anchovy (Figure 3). This was all seasoned with some red onion, avocado bits, mustard and a cracked egg that seemed to be missing. Each bite brings the sea to your taste buds!
We also had some mussels, which turned out to be a large portion (Figure 4), but we had no trouble finishing them off! They were infused with a broth of absinthe, chile de arbol, fennel and garlic, which gave each bite a little, spicy kick. But then the chopped tomato on top comes to the rescue relieving your mouth with a cooling sensation.
We had the rabbit pierogi with cauliflower, picholine, tarragon cream and brussel sprouts (Figure 5). Pierogis are dumplings from eastern Europe normally stuffed with ground meat. Frog N Snail really nailed the pierogis and rabbit meat spot on, but the colorful vegetables on the side could have been cooked a bit more. Some of the cauliflower and asparagus were still super crunchy…
The Kitchen Sink Cassoulet (Figure 6) was hands-down the BEST dish of the night. With a bit of a twist, this originally French dish was a mix of duck confit, bacon, sausage, tom chicken, white beans, cabbage and apple slaw, and a popular poached egg to top it off. The duck confit was cooked so well that it literally melted in your mouth, and the white beans were perfect. I was amazed at how nicely the poached egg worked into the meaty flavors, and I cannot wait to have this again!
Overall, Frog N Snail is definitely a restaurant I’m ready to go back to!
- If you go, you must try the Snails Y’all and the Kitchen Sink Cassoulet. These two dishes alone will blow you away!
- Frog N Snail also serves brunch, and that menu looks extremely enticing. So if you can’t make it there for dinner, give the brunch a try!
- They also had an unlimited mussels option when we went (which was a Thursday). Unlimited mussels may seem a bit much if you are watching your cholesterol, but they are delicious so perhaps try the mussels appetizer (which may almost seem unlimited for one person)!