April 25, 2005
There is artwork from local artists on the wall, and the lights are all blue, which gives the room a different sort of haze to it. In addition, there is a large blackboard that proclaims the day's specialties - everything from the salad of the day to the butter of the day! I believe that the wall colors are purple, but they aren’t offensive in color, and everything is very muted here, so you don’t have to worry about being blown away by the color combos.
The bar takes up a good portion of the area (which really isn’t saying all that much), and I believe that there are 10 chairs/stools that you can sit at here. The bartender was incredibly knowledgeable and helped us with our decisions of what martini to choose from the extensive list (the motto of the restaurant is "50 tapas dishes, 50 different martinis"). The great thing about this place was that the martinis were very reasonably priced; the average price was $6.50 and I don’t think that I saw one priced above $8.
The martini list has everything from your classic martini (with gin or vodka) to the caramel sour apple martini (very good, I would suggest this one), the uptown martini (amaretto, vodka, and more), and the chocolate martini (true decadence). In addition, they have a very extensive wine list, as well as a few beers and, of course, a full bar. But get a martini while you are here--you will not be disappointed.
While we only came for a drink, we were amazed by what we saw coming out of the kitchen--a s’mores kit. Due to the fact that we had these while we were at the bar, I feel the same as in my description of this fabulous find in this section. We ordered one for two, and it was $6, a bargain if you ask me. It came out in this adorable wooden bowl with dividers for marshmallows, graham crackers, and the Hershey's bar (yes, real Hershey's--no imitation here), and in the center of it was a little flame where you could roast your marshmallows over. They provided you with skewers, and it was the most fun I have had at a bar for a long time. It seemed to be the most popular dessert at the restaurant, considering they must have sold about four of them while we were there. And it was fabulous; it was a great way to make an American favorite a little more elegant.
Crackers is a great place to go for a drink or two after dinner or to indulge that sweet tooth of yours.
From journal Fun in Norfolk