I finally made it to Eleven with a group of coworkers on Tuesday. We went for lunch and were quickly seated at a large rounded booth. We did make reservations – however, the place wasn’t overly crowded.
Eleven is part of the Big Burrito group. It is the most upscale of the group and touts the use of local ingredients and its vegetarian friendly menu. The interior of Eleven was a little different than I expected. I suppose I was envisioning a more lavish space. The interior is simplistic though – the dining room is long and narrow and somewhat separate from the bar. Greens, blacks, and browns are used in the decor – natural colors and textures are used as well.
The lunch menu included some appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Sandwiches were in the $10 to $15 range. Entrées reached to $20 and beyond – a bit pricey for lunch. All the offerings looked good. I eyed up a soft shell crab sandwich served with asparagus. However, I decided upon the tomatillo gazpacho and a spinach salad. (To note, I believe the menu changes frequently). The others at the table all ordered sandwiches, including the soft shell crab sandwich and burgers.
Service was smooth yet distant, which was fine. A bread basket was served. My soup was brought out before the sandwiches. The tomatillos gave the soup a light orange/yellowish color. The soup was very bright tasting but a bit garlicky for me. I am not sure I would order it again. The salads and sandwiches followed. All sandwiches were generously sized and served with fries. Everyone seemed to enjoy (and finished) their dishes – however, one burger eater threw in a “Still not as good as Tessaro’s”. Hmmm.
My spinach salad arrived and outshone my soup. The greens were at the peak of freshness and lightly (key!) dressed in a bacon vinaigrette. A perfectly poached egg sat atop the salad. Lightly pan fried potatoes sat underneath the greens. It all sounds heavy but it really was not. So good. The portion was slightly more generous than a side salad (it was priced at $7).
Overall, my experience with Eleven was above average. This is not an every day type splurge but I would return for dinner if the opportunity presented itself.
One other note – I felt the service was attentive but the lunch did end up running close to an hour and a half – a little too long for a work day lunch. Not sure who’s fault this was – I would just warn this isn’t the place for a quick lunch.