Neighborhoods change as naturally as the seasons. Families move in, children grow up and people (except for me) move on.
Because we bought our house from my parents, my family has lived in our house for more than 50 years!
In that time we have met all kinds of wonderful neighbors, friendly folks who never fail to share a smile, a band-aid in a pinch, a morning chuckle or some garden goodies. Lately, I have seen a trend of young people moving in and really investing in the neighborhood.
Such is the case with the Marty family, who live just a few houses from us.
Adam and Lindsay Marty recently purchased and renovated a cool old building, located walking distance from our house, into an upscale but still casual restaurant. They named the restaurant Ellinor, after their two kids seven-year old Norah and four-year old Ellis.
Last night, we kicked off our holiday weekend with a meal at Ellinor and we loved everything about that bustling, friendly, hub of deliciousness.
Between the five of us, we ordered almost everything on the menu, shared our plates and ate every bite. (Only decorum kept us from licking our plates).
We enjoyed flavor combinations we would not have imagined (ie: a smoked salmon pizza with lemon, dill, capers, white sauce and pecorino romano cheese. Such an explosion of flavor!)
We can also highly recommend the foraged mushroom pizza and the Margarita pizza (I’m not sure what Chef Adam does to those tomatoes to make them so tasty, but I am definitely a fan).
Among us, we also ordered the ocean trout and the pork tenderloin and both dishes tasted fantastic. Our starters, too, were just delightful — a farro salad, wood-fired cauliflower, oysters and smoked salmon crustini. Thankfully, we’re cheerful sharers, because we all got to taste everything and each dish ended up with 10 thumbs up.
We were both thrilled to see the place hopping on a Thursday night, and grateful we got a table when we walked in. Ellinor takes reservations for parties of six or more, and seats walk-in traffic for smaller parties. But, timing is everything with the walk-in traffic. Come early or late to make sure you get a seat or maybe take a walk around a really cool neighborhood while you wait for your table to be ready.
Ellinor, located at 1016 East Pacific Street, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 -9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-10 p.m.
We’re really looking forward to our next meal there!