Yes, it has a dumb name. But as the Sig Fig and I discovered last night, Vee Vee is a fine addition to JP, and well worth returning.
When we arrived a little past seven, the place seemed pretty dead- literally one other table of diners and a couple of folks at the small bar. (The whole restaurant is small- capacity can’t be more than thirty, servers included.) With the addition of just a few more people, though, it started getting pretty loud, and by entree time the volume level was close to really unpleasant. (Our suggestion: wall hangings!) The high ceilings mean sounds really bounce around and amplify. Once the tables were all filled I couldn’t even tell there was music playing over all the conversation.
Decor is lovely and understated. The waitstaff was pretty fantastic. Although I felt we waited a little long for our entrees, our server was attentive and warm, and happy to offer up answers to questions and recommendations. I could tell from a few diners who arrived that it’s one of those places with regulars, which some of you may know is extremely appealing to me. (I got super excited when the guy at Dunkin’ Donuts started remembering my Sunday morning order.)
On to the food: the Sig Fig ordered the crispy polenta & mushroom appetizer, which she described as fine but not remarkable, and one or two of the bites were too spicy for her taste. (The one bite I had was lovely.) I got the deviled eggs, which themselves were pretty ordinary–although, was that curry powder instead of paprika?–but the accompanying asparagus tips and white bean puree were superb. Although the Sig Fig reports the salty butter is divine, avoid eating all the bread too quickly so you can mop up your plate.
Sig Fig ordered the quinoa croquettes (how in the world do they get them to hold that shape?), which came accompanied by peas, curry pickled peaches, and a yogurt sauce. She was quite pleased with the combination of flavors and the portion, which wasn’t gargantuan like some entrees. I ordered the special, which was a decidedly un-barbecued barbecued chicken. Much more exciting were the fried green tomatoes, cold sweet potato salad, and wonderful pea salad that accompanied. I probably could’ve done with a smaller portion of chicken, since it was the least interesting thing on the plate.
A note about the drinks list: I was pretty underwhelmed by the wine list, since I usually prefer to buy American (not out of patriotism, but vague loyalties to the wine industry and the fact that I’m much more familiar with west coast labels than anything from outside the country), but the beer selection is pretty great, and appears to rotate seasonally while emphasizing local-ish brewaries. As some Yelp reviewers noted, most are a tad more alcoholic than standard offerings, which I’d say I noticed by the end of my entree.
For dessert we decided to split the flourless chocolate cake, which turned out to be absolutely fantastic. The raspberry coulis nearly made the Sig Fig lick the plate, which sadly isn’t generally considered polite behavior in mixed company. I had a tawny port (if only I’d been in a room that smelled of rich mahogany) that complemented the chocolate nicely, with some notes of caramel and sugar.
All in all, we’re sold. Having ample vegetarian options is downright thrilling, the service was lovely, and the food was tasty. I give it a rating of I Really Want To Go Like Once A Week, But Realistically I’ll Probably Go Slightly Less Often Even Though It Is Totally Great.