Ramsi’s Cafe on the world is, for me, a place of stunning memories. There are certain restaurants that are just so effortlessly good, so versatile and scintillating, that even passing them on the road gives you a twinge. After awhile, like a good marriage, you sort of forget what, in the beginning, made things work for you. Ramsi’s isn’t a place I’ve visited once or twice; for me, it’s a place of growth and celebration, of endings and beginnings and interest.
Ramsi’s is usually pretty busy but not too crammed, and the service has always been friendly, if a little too relaxed. It’s the perfect restaurant for a group of people with various dietary needs—there are vegan and vegetarian and healthy dinner options, as well as plainer dishes for the picky eaters. There is a fully stocked bar and a collection of cocktails which are frankly strong enough to knock your socks right into next week (STAY AWAY FROM THE TIGER’S BLOOD. LONG STORY). Whether you’re itching for some velvety luscious tiramisu, or you’re more in the mood for a hearty Sunday brunch, or maybe you’d just like a fresh and salty green tomato caprese salad, Ramsi’s is the place.
My personal favorite thing at Ramsi’s is the Medjool dates, stuffed with goat cheese, drizzled in honey and served warm. The sticky combination of sunshine ripened dates with the soft crumble of mild white cheese is a perfect burst of flavor. I also love the po’ girl sandwich ( poached shrimp with sun dried tomato mayonnaise on a fresh roll) or two crab cakes with spinach alfredo, or the bison burger, rare and juicy.
The desserts are worth the splurge, particularly plantains cut and sauteed in maple syrup with light whipped cream. The tiramisu (pictured above) is rich enough to share between three people, and I’m positive they must use fresh ground cinnamon dusted over the layers of Italian cream and lady fingers.
Ramsi’s is decently priced, you can get a good full meal for under twenty dollars, or stuff yourself sick and share a bottle of wine for about thirty. Ramsi’s is best in the warmer months, when you can sit on the terrace with a good glass of white wine and a plate of hummus or dates and talk with your friends. It’s comfortable without being too homey, innovative without getting weird, hip without being hipster.
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