Tuesday, August 11, 2015
An Evening at Ermilio's in Eureka Springs.
Because of this, I've never taken Grav here... and it's a shame. The boy will not wait for food.
Ermilio's is Paul Wilson's restaurant. His folks were Italian immigrants, and the recipes belong to his mother and grandmother. When he was six, his family moved from Manhattan to Eureka Springs. His father was part of the team that built Beaver Dam. After the construction was over, the family decided to stay in Arkansas. Paul would spend most of the year here, but go back to New York during the summers to stay with relatives. As an adult, he worked for catering for a large hotel chain. One day, he decided he wanted to go back to Eureka Springs and start a restaurant with his family. And he did. And it worked out well.
While the salads that go with dinner are rather plain, the dressings are not. Ermilio's manages to bring to the table a blue cheese dressing that's very thick and still creamy, and I could eat it on crackers or off my fingers if I have to, it's
I was seated at one of the thin two-tops that line the center of the room. There are so many people who want to get in, and seating is rather tight. To my left were a young couple that may have been there on a honeymoon or a tryst, it's not my business to know. They were quite young. To my right were a couple my age discussing the absurdity of politics. A family of six was seated a few tables away, and when one mentioned the approaching start of school, two of the children at the table moaned loudly.
Now, I could have chosen appetizers instead, and when I do that I usually go for the gorgonzola apple rounds, which are phenomenal. Or I could have gone upscale and had the chicken marsala. But sometimes what you really want is just a good bowl of pasta for dinner.
Jules came and checked on me and I asked about desserts. She mentioned
It was after nine, so I didn't dally once my meal was done. The family of six had departed, as had the political couple on one side of me. The low-lit restaurant was still filled with couples dithering over dessert. It was quiet, and there was soft romantic contemporary music piped in overhead. It seemed very intimate... and it kinda felt like my cue to leave these folks in their reverie!
Ermilio's Italian Home Cooking
26 White Street
Eureka Springs, AR 72632