Lewisburg has a little bit of everything - including one elegant French restaurant.
So, I first heard of The French Goat from their social media presence and have been waiting to check them out for quite some time. When that time presented itself, I quickly made reservations online.
The French Goat is actually in the former Stella's location, and there is street parking, as well as a lot naerby. There is white fencing and fountains with bright blue umbrellas and all of the green shrubbery. For a moment, I thought I was transported to the French countryside.
And as I walked inside, I saw the white linens, long-stemmed water glasses and simple charm of this French restaurant in the heart of Appalachia. They already had a table set for one near the window, and the owner recognized my name and recalled my social presence. Bonus points!
After a warm welcome, I was seated and looked over the menu as my server rattled off the evening's specials. A hunk of baguette and a side of butter with the black sea salt was presented as a first bite. Simple but oh-so-delicious with that smooth, rich butter.
First, I ordered the "Hushpuppies de Brie" on the recommendation of the server, which come with celeriac, brie, arugula, aleppo pepper and maple syrup aioli. Maybe not super French, but definitely an interesting fusion.
They were fairly mild-flavored with the sauce heavier on the sweet side. The cheese gets more baked into the bread, so don't expect stringy pieces. But, a good, delicate flavor - even for a fried ball of dough.
For my entree, I went with the boeuf bourguignon, which had roasted fall root vegetables, crimini mushrooms, potato puree and sauce bordelaise. I've never had this dish before, though it is a classic. The beef melted in my mouth, those roasted veggies were bursting with flavor, and that potato puree was so light and fluffy, it was unreal. This is quite the solid dish. Tons of flavor, texture and balance.
It's a nice restaurant right in Lewisburg that brings something a little different to our culinary offerings in the state. If you want a lovely experience, some delicious food and a little change from the ordinary, definitely make this a destination.