Our second night in Marquette and we had dinner at Elizabeth’s Chophouse. When we got there, there was a large party going on that took over half of the restaurant. There was still ample room for diners like us who just showed up. There was a good size bar in the center of the restaurant and we were escorted to another dining room away from the party. The walls had exposed bricks and had that casual look to the room.
The food was far from casual though. We basically stuck to the page of specials for the evening and we were not disappointed. My Bride enjoyed a Roasted Baby Beet and Baby Carrot Salad, with mixed greens, toasted walnuts, goat cheese and a Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette. I opted for a classic Lobster Bisque. My Bride then had a Pan Seared Paiche. We had never heard of this fish, and we were told that according to the fish purveyor, there were only five restaurants that carried this fish so far. It is an amazing air breathing, sustainable fresh water fish from the Amazon River; this is also an incredibly large fish. It was presented on a grilled asparagus raft, King Crab meat, pea sprouts and a butter cream sauce. I had a Braised “Lollipop” Short Rib. It was called a “Lollipop” because of the way the meat was carved off of a long bone and wrapped around the bone, giving the image of a lollipop. It was done in red wine, veal stock and Glace de Veau with Yukon Gold potatoes. The food was so rich and filling, we could not even enjoy a dessert, as we had no room left.
We selected a bottle of Cotes du Rhone from Prosper Maufoux 2009. The firm is from Santenay in the Cote-D’Or in the Burgundy region of France. The company was founded in 1860 and they delivered a classic bottle of Cotes du Rhone. There was enough fruit to make it enjoyable and my Bride enjoyed it with her fish, and it paired well with my Short Rib. The wine was a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The wine and the food were excellent, and I am sure that this restaurant will be revisited again.