My husband and I found ourselves at Vintage Year a few nights back while visiting Old Cloverdale in Montgomery. Since visiting their sister store Vintage Café a few months back, the Old Cloverdale area has quickly become a favorite of ours. This was our first visit to Vintage Year and our host for the evening, RJ, set the perfect tone for a nice romantic family dinner. RJ was one of the politest, kind souls we’ve met and we couldn’t have had a better host for the evening.
Chad worked in a restaurant back in his high school days that served fried green tomatoes and since then every restaurant we go to that offers them on their menu it’s imperative we try them. Vintage Year was no different. We started off with our first course of Fried Green Tomatoes. This appetizer was unlike any other Fried Green Tomato appetizer we’ve had in the past. These tomatoes were fresh and juicy, like they had been picked fresh right at the moment of our order. They were topped with Andoullie Sausage, Arugula, Lump Crab-Sweet Corn Relish and served with a side of Remoulade. The Fried Green Tomatoes had a sweet flavor from the Sweet Corn Relish that did a great job at helping cut the acidity of the tomatoes and sausage while the Remoulade added a kick to the dish. When paired together the flavors of this dish were the perfect combination of acidity, sweetness and heat making for one delicious appetizer.
For our main course we each enjoyed an entrée of choice. I had one of the nightly specials, Seafood Risotto, while Chad enjoyed their specialty C.A.B Filet. The Seafood Risotto was packed full of a variety of fresh fish and shrimp. My favorite part of the Seafood Risotto was the fresh herbs this dish contained. The fresh thyme left a cool refreshing flavor on my palette that helped to balance the combination of fish flavors. Chad’s filet was mouthwatering, juicy, tender and everything you would expect the most perfect filet to taste like. His filet was paired with fresh sautéed spinach and addictive herb roasted potatoes.
Lastly was dessert and after such a great fist and main course we were beyond ready! Dessert is always my favorite part of every meal and luckily for me Vintage Year offered my most loved dessert, Crème Brulee. Chad doesn’t normally like Crème Brulee but he did this one! It was creamy with a perfectly crispy crust, topped with fresh berries. You could even see real vanilla bean extractives in this Crème Brulee which is one of the reasons it was so scrumptious.
We enjoyed our evening out at Vintage Year in Old Cloverdale and can’t wait to go back. In our opinion what sets Vintage Year apart from other restaurants in the area is their use of fresh, real, wholesome ingredients. We loved the use of fresh herbs and vegetables throughout our meal. Each meal was made with a passion and each dish represented the passion that was put in to making it! Next time you are in the Montgomery area and are looking for a great place to dine stop in to Vintage Year and experience a meal made with fresh, delicious ingredients. You will not be disappointed!