Last Tuesday, we had the pleasure of attending a blogger dinner at Post 154 in Westport, CT.  I had been dying to check it out, especially since it’s so close to where I work and because I watched the transformation from the historical post office to beautiful restaurant.

Right as we walked in, I could tell that the bar might just be our new favorite spot.  The decor is super sophisticated and classy – I just love it.  And it’s always good sign when there is an open kitchen!  To make things even better, there’s an awesome outdoor patio, which will be perfect in the warm weather.

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The bar

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The open kitchen

We located our group and sat down in the bar area for drinks.  When I looked down and saw the tasting menu, we almost died!  6 courses of different dishes to try. Good thing we were hungry!

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6 Course Tasting Menu

So let’s start with the drinks!  We ordered the Amante Picante, but unfortunately were very disappointed.  We suspect that the bartender must have made a mistake because ours didn’t look anything like the one pictured below, which was ordered by someone else at our table.   We’ll have to try it again!

Everyone else really loved their drinks.  The Basil Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martini and Strawberry Moon-jito were a big hit.  And for the wine lovers, you’ll be happy to know that the wine list is also stocked with lots of great choices!

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Basil Pomegranate Lemon Drop – Smirnoff Citrus, La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila, Fresh Sweet & Sour, splash of lemon/lime soda, muddles fresh lemon juice, raw sugar, basil, & lemon wedge

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Strawberry Moon-jito

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Amante Picante – 1800 Silver Tequila, Cucumber, Jalapeño, Cilantro, Fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Celery bitters

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Pomegranate Spritz – La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila, Prosecco, dash of Grapefruit bitters, orange garnish

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The Zios Alberino was fantastic!

After our cocktails, the food started to come out.  We tried so many amazing things – it’s hard to pick a favorite!

Course 1

The first two things they brought out weren’t even on our tasting menu.  I really loved the Crab Tater Tots – they were flavorful and perfectly fried, and not fishy at all.  The Plantain Tostones were a little dry, but with a little sauce, they were pretty good.

I really liked the Portugese Octopus and most bites were really tender.  Naturally, a few bites were kind of chewy, but the flavors were delicious!  Portugese Octopus is hard to cook because it’s very thick.  Especially when it’s cut into such small pieces!

The Lobster Quesadillas were delicious too.  I thought the smokiness of the sauce mixed with the guacamole was fabulous.

But our favorite was definitely the mussels!  It’s been a while since we’ve had good mussels!  The broth was seriously out of this world!  Smoky with big chunks of chorizo … doesn’t get any better!

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Crab Tater Tots

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Crab Tater Tots

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Plantain Tostones – fried plantains

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Mussels – Chorizo, Shallots, Roasted Garlic, Saffron Wine

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Portuguese Octopus – Avocados, Red Chile Sauce, EVOO

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Lobster Quesadilla – Huitlacoche, Queso Chihuahua, Salsa, Avocado

Course 2

Everything in this course was to our liking!  I really can’t decide what was my favorite – they are all so different.

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St. Louis Ribs – Child BBQ, Liquid Black Beans, Mango Slaw

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St. Louis Ribs

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Duck Confit Taquitos – Roasted Tomato Salsa, Guacamole, Cotija Cheese

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Eggplant Meatball Parmesan – Tomato Gravy, Three Cheeses, Truffles, Herbs

Course 3

I am such a soup lover, so this might have been one of my favorite dishes of the night.  And to top it off, it didn’t have heavy cream – just a little bit of crème fraiche.  I asked our fantastic server, Nicole, how they make this and she said that they actually make the broth our of corn husks and puree roasted corn!  DELICIOUSNESS!

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Golden Corn Bisque – Grilled Corn, Creme Fraiche, Chives

Course 4

Jeff and I really can appreciate the flavors in these next dishes, but we can also understand how some people may not love it as much.  We really liked the smokiness of the salmon – the smoked tomato coulis was a powerhouse in the dish.  However, since the salmon was grilled and broiled, our salmon was overcooked.  I probably would have just grilled it.  The flavors were really nice!

The Scallops & Grits were also very flavorful, but the grits were too soupy for us.  We learned that the “Smoked Ham Jus” is really what makes the grits soupy, so you can ask them to leave that out.  But we were big fans of the Tabasco Crisps!!  I’d love to learn how to make those since Jeff and I love spicy food!

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Salmon – Pickled Fennel, Smoked Tomato Coulis, Maple Lime Butter

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Salmon

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Scallops & Grits – Spinach, Smoked Ham Jus, Tabasco Crisps

Course 5

Pure perfection.  We loved the steak and BBQ pork – I can’t wait to go back for some more!

I’m usually not a huge macaroni & cheese person, but these were amazing!  They were made with sharp cheddar cheese and had such a delicious flavor.  I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed Mac & Cheese so much!

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Guava BBQ Pork Tenderloin & C.A.B. Churrasco Steak – Black Bean Stew, Onion Mango, Cilantro, Argentinean Chimichurri

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C.A.B Churrasco Steak

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Guava BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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The Cheezy Mac – Creamy Westport goodness

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Grilled Vegetables & Sautéed Mushrooms

Course 6

Jeff really loved the Apple Empañadas because they reminded him of churros, his all time favorite.  On the other hand, I really loved the Chocolate Flan, which is not surprising because I love chocolate, but IS surprising because I normally do not care for flan.  The deserts were served beautifully and all tasted delicious!  You can’t go wrong with any of these 3 desserts.

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Chocolate Flan – Almond Florentine, Tuaca Fried Oranges

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Apple Empanadas – Red Hot Cinnamon Dip, Liquid Cream Cheese

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Tres Leches – Wild Berry Stew

So overall, we really enjoyed our evening at Post 154 and have already been back once with friends for drinks.  The chef really embraces BOLD flavors – smokiness, spices, and pairings.  So if you’re in the mood for something different, Post 154 is the place to try!

Overall, our favorite dishes were:

  • Golden Corn Bisque
  • Mussels
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Guava BBQ Pork Tenderloin & C.A.B Churrasco Steak
  • Eggplant Meatball Parmesan
  • Duck Confit Taquitos

POST 154

Website: http://www.post154.com/

Address:  154 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880

Phone: (203) 454-0154

Price: $$$$

Do they take reservations?  Only parties 8 or more

Attire?  Business Casual

Vibe?  Modern, Classy, Chic

Hours:

Lunch: Noon – 3 PM, Dinner: 5:30 PM – midnight, Happy Hour: 3 PM – 6 PM

Parking: Street or free valet service available

-Cristina