| CRAIG CHADWELL & MIKE MOFFO
When you first walk in the door at Explorer’s Club, just south of German Village on High Street, the welcoming décor feels like home. Not that it isn’t a beautiful space – just not one where you would expect the Charcuterie Plate to contain the exotic arrangement that it does. Duck, sausage, rabbit, and head cheese adorn the plate. We won’t talk about that last one, as Taste Bud Craig gets a little nauseated.
Secondly, Lamb Pastrami on Rye. Unlike your grocery store pastrami, and most lamb, the texture of this was very smooth. It wasn’t slimy like some pastrami can be, and it was full of flavor. Nothing about this sandwich was wrong. It had just enough Swiss cheese to add flavor but not overpower the other flavors of whole grain mustard, and of course, bacon. Alright class... what makes everything better? You guessed correctly: bacon.
We brought with us a celebrity guest Taste Bud, Luis, owner/operator of Crimson Design. We watched in awe, mouths watering, as he destroyed his Half Roasted Local Jerk Chicken. It looked delicious, and he said it was perfect. Of course, he didn’t offer us a bite, so we can’t say for sure. He just rubbed it in that it was amazing and guffawed as we looked on, green with envy.
Ok, that part isn’t true, but we couldn’t let him off that easy. We all sampled from each other, and we were all more than pleased at what we found. The presentation of the food is masterful. The atmosphere is very conducive to conversation and relaxation. The service that we received from Angie, our server, was absolutely on-point. And, at the end of the experience when we received the bill, we were not at all sticker-shocked. It was incredibly reasonable for the quality of food that we enjoyed.
Without a doubt, we will be back. There were so many things on the menu that we wanted to try, we will make several trips. They achieve their motto of “Simple. Pioneering. Flavor.” All in-all, we gave Explorers Club four very enthusiastic thumbs up (six, after we got Luis’ hands out of his chicken). We are excited to explore the Explorers Club menu again!