Well, was it West Side Gravy we ate in, or was it Blackbird? The beauty of it is that we ate at both! While physically we were in West Side Gravy, we actually ordered items from both menu's! So again, Chef Capasso's latest venture is an absolute winner! What is there to say other than another killer night on Haddon Avenue with Chef Capasso and his team! Stay tuned for details as this post is no where near complete! Cheers!
For my entree, I selected the Blackbird Crispy Duck Leg Confit, with chocroute (French technique for saurkraut), pomme puree (mashed potatoes), jus de canarde. This was absolutely amazing, and some of the best duck I had ever had. First, the duck is salt cured, and then cooked in its own juices for a long period of time, making the duck tender, and the skin crispy! The duck separated and shredded from the bone with no effort whatsoever. This was served over a bed of mashed potatoes, topped with the chocroute. For their chocroute, Chef Capasso uses bacon and beer to braise the cabbage, which had a deliciously sweet, but also very pungent flavor. This rocked! Another awesome element about this dish was the crispy skin! All I can say is wow....perfection! And let me tell ya there was more than enough to go around with two good sized legs. For the price of this entree, this was an absolute bargain, and the red wine stock really added a nice element to the gravy for this dish. I had ZERO room for dessert!
Overall, what is there to say other than awesome here? After two months away with the Air Force, it was a pleasure to visit West Side Gravy/Blackbird for a great meal! All in all, another awesome night. And I have to say, I was craving a massive wine tonight, so I dug deep into the cellar and grabbed a 2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love shiraz. Not a wine that I typically care for, but tonight it hit the spot. Far from perfect pairing for the menu that we had, but it definitely worked, and my palate was happy. Yikes, did I just admit that? Cheers! -F. Scott
West Side Gravy
714 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
http://www.westsidegravynj.com/ and http://www.blackbirdnj.com/
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