By Matt Wake | Full Article

The Bottle (lunch menu)
101 Washington St. N.E.
Lunch: Monday- Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 4 – 11 p.m.
Recommendations: Apple and Blackberry Mixed Green Salad, Pan Fried Trout, Seared Ahi Tuna Nicoise Bowl.

The skin-up plating of trout always looks a little crazy to me, but you cannot argue with the flavor The Bottle’s Pan Fried Trout ($16) possessed – snow-soft texture, flaky, hints of buttery sweetness. It started off tasting good and got better with each bite. And there were lots of bites. Generous portion. The accompanying lemon meuniere sauce – dotted with a constellation of capers – evoked earthy notes, and whenever I bit into a caper, it added an intense bright burst. The side of White Corn Cheese Grits was smooth and lux and Haricot Verts (white-table-cloth speak for green beans) achieved soft-but-crisp equilibrium. The few neon-green drops of basil oil added some sweet and leafy kicks, and I found myself searching the plate for a few more dots.