The Scoop: If any given bivalve got to choose its final resting place, we have to believe it woul...The Scoop: If any given bivalve got to choose its final resting place, we have to believe it would request The Mussel Pot. Here, fresh mussels don't just end up in the standard broth & frites set-up; instead, they're lavished in everything from saffron sauce (just order the Valenciana) to lobster cheese fondue (the Chef's Best) to BBQ sauce and beer (call it Texas-style). Purists can opt for the classic Provencal arrangement, of course, but anyone who wants an adventure can select from over a dozen other arrangements, each an object lesson in awesome flavor. Whichever pot you end up picking, don't skip the part where you pair your order with the right beer. It just wouldn't be fair to the moules.
Before I say another word about how delicious both the mussels and the land-roving dishes are here, we have to discuss the garden. A relative newcomer to the neighborhood, The Mussel Pot garnered instant praise for its gorgeous backyard grotto, complete with waterfall and moss-covered stones. The romantic calm that emanates from this space filters in through the interior, where understated mirrors and chandeliers make the dining room an ideal atmosphere for a date or a quiet after-work night out. Alright, now back to the Mussel Pot's flat-out delightful spins on a comfort classic. The creative mussel entrees are divided into American, Asian, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mexican/Southwestern, and the whole thing kicks off (naturally) with a style that can only be called "New York": mussels done up in Buffalo sauce, carrots, celery, and blue cheese crumbles. They're one of the most popular dishes on the menu, and with good reason; get to the bottom of the pot and you'll wonder why anyone wastes this treatment on mere wings.
While the mussels here are diverse enough to answer just about any call, for those who don't get down with bivalves, there's a whole Mussel Pot menu dedicated to land-based flavors. My favorites are the Mussel Pot Burger & Mussel Pot Fries (the former is made with ground rib-eye and NY strip and topped with pancetta), and the Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken, served with a waffle and drizzled with dandelion honey. In fact, even if you love mussels, seek out at least one friend who you know won't order seafood, just so you can finagle one of these two plates of joy onto the table. You can unite the two sides of the dining experience with the perfect Belgian beerevery server here is trained to suggest just the right one.
Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken, $18
New York Mussels, $18
Fra Diavolo Mussels, $18
Thai Mussels, $19
MondayWednesday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
ThursdayFriday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.