For our fifth wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to the Artisan Restaurant at the back of the De La Mar in Southport. My husband's clients were raving about the food, so we wanted to check it out for ourselves. To go back a little bit.... a couple of weeks prior, I was talking to Patty, the owner of Sport Hill Farm in Easton and she had mentioned that the Artisan was using some of her organic vegetables from the farm, which made me want to go even more. Sport Hill Farm has a CSA program and runs classes for kids in the summer and is all organic. You can find out more information on www.buylocallyCT.com.
So I'm happy to say that all the hype is true! Besides a couple of young girls messing up the date and time of our reservations, (on our actual anniversary), not once, but three times, the service and food was excellent! Our waiter, Ed, was very entertaining and had somewhat of a dry, sarcastic humor about him, which made the evening even more interesting. I highly recommend asking for him to be your server - he's great! To start off we had the Mussels for appetizer's along with a side of fries. The french fries were nice and thin and cooked perfectly crunchy and were the best I've ever had - and those were just the fries! The Mussels were amazing and went along perfect with the fries, (I highly recommend the two to start). For dinner, I decided on the scallops and my husband had the pot roast and it was the best we've ever had for each. During the course of dinner, I wanted to learn more about what Patty, (Sport Hill Farm), was telling me, so Ed, (our waiter) informed us that the Artisan also purchases their veggies grown on Mill Stone Farm in Wilton and Silvermine Farm in Norwalk and of course Sport Hill Farm in Easton. My scallops swam the waters in Maryland and the Mussels as our appetizers came from the shores in Cape Cod. I LOVE it, a restaurant that supports our local farmer's and fishermen.
To boot - The Artisan also uses Weston's own Red Bee Honey and cheeses from Darien Cheese & Fine Foods hand picked by Kenneth Skovron (owner), at the peak of their maturity. In addition, the restaurant makes its own ice cream. It doesn't get much better than this. But now everyone must be wondering about price, right? It must be super expensive for the local goods.... but it actually isn't. It was very reasonable and wasn't any more than any other nice restaurant we've gone to and the amount of drinks you have is on you!
So there you go, an honest review about the Artisan Restaurant. Did I mention the atmosphere was lovely with big, natural plank floors, french doors and even a nice bar and seating area on the outside patio. If you want to try some fantastic food with great service and a very comfortable atmosphere, try the Artisan in Southport. You will not be sorry. Just be sure to double check your reservations! You can feel good that your meal came from local farmer's. It's wonderful to see more businesses supporting our "local businesses" finally! The picture is actually the exact table on the far right that we sat in.