Since I just returned from our trip to Vancouver BC and returning on Amtrak Coast Starlight, I originally had no plans to celebrate New Years Eve. But on my drive back home, my friends group messaged me and convinced me that I needed to go out with them to celebrate. So while waiting in non moving traffic on the 5 freeway due to a massive accident, I replied back that I would go out with them.
We met up at one of my buddies house for pre dinner drinks before getting Lyft to come pick us up and drive us to Two Left Forks for dinner. Even though the drive from my buddies place to Two Left Forks is about 5 minutes, we did not want to risk ringing in the 2018 with a DUI if we decided to have a couple of drinks at the restaurant.We had reservations for tonight but from the looks of it, it looked like we really did not need a reservation tonight. Two Left Forks has a policy of no corkage charge on your first bottle of wine that you bring with you so one of my buddy who recently went to New Zealand and brought back a suitcase full of wine, brought a bottle of Valli Pinot Noir for dinner. Our waiter arrived shortly after we were seated and introduced himself and the specials for tonight which were not on the menu. After browsing over the menu while enjoying the Pinot Noir, the three of us decided to order the short rib poutine to share as our appetizer. Before ordering the poutine, I did tell the waiter jokingly that I have eaten the real deal poutine in Quebec before so that theirs better be just as good. The short rib poutine at Two Left Forks came with a cheese blend and not cheese curds which while the dish still tasted good, missed being “poutine” and more just smothered French fries. For my main course, I ordered the Seafood Cioppino, which according to the menu came with a decent variety of seafood including lobster. My main course arrived just as we were finishing up the short rib poutine appetizer. The bowl of Seafood Cioppino came with two pieces of garlic bread which went well dipped in the broth. The dish tasted fine but the lobster tasted a bit overcooked but rest of the shellfish seemed to be ok. To finish off eating in 2017 and begin anew in 2018, we all ordered dessert. Since the New Years resolutions were hours away, we justified that we were allowed the massive calories and fat tonight. I ordered the Banana Butterscotch which according to the menu was “White Chocolate, White Chocolate Mousse, Banana Brulée, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butterscotch Mousse.” With our desserts, we finished off the last bit of the Pinto Noir before paying our check and heading back to my buddies house via Lyft to ring in 2018.