Walking into 608 gives you the feeling of a rustic, but quite chic, place to go to enjoy the company of friends, sip good drink, and experience fantastic food. By fantastic food, I mean imaginative, delectable, real food that restores your faith in the fresh and simple without being boring. Allow me to share my favorites from the menu.
The server’s recommendation of the Lobster Tacos intrigued me. This is not your average street taco. Large lobster piece deep-fried to give a perfect crunch simply garnished with lettuce, diced tomato and onion, a little grated cheese and sweet chili aioli on a tortilla. The crunch, perfect flavor of the meat, and fresh garnish all made for one of the best lobster tacos I have come across.
Fried Chicken. This is not your average fried chicken dinner! Fried to a crunchy perfection on the outside, but inside is a perfectly tender, flavorful, and juicy chicken breast. It sits atop a round slice of cornbread with a crunchy exterior that holds a fluffy mixture of cornmeal and pancake batter that was so wonderfully delicious that I had to order a second piece! The dish is covered with jalapeño and radish slices and drizzled with locally made honey.
Duck Thigh. The complaint I hear from many that say duck tastes gamey, in my opinion, simply have not had it done right! This duck thigh was seasoned beautifully and cooked to perfection. Tender, juicy, and the duck skin…oh the skin. It was like butter! The duck is covered in jalapeño and radish slices.
Note: You want to check if there are sides served with your meal, if not you will need to order them separately.
608’s dessert menu is a simple one that is done well. The Tangerine is a flavored panna cotta (a traditional Italian dessert) that was adorned with fresh slices of persimmon and tangerines, and a dollop of white chocolate mousse. The panna cotta was light, set beautifully and the use of natural flavor gave it a subtle sweetness.
The Strawberry. Think deconstructed strawberry shortcake. Fresh strawberries, white spongy cake, and white chocolate mousse make for a simple and satisfying dessert.
There are numerous options for anyone no matter what your preference: various beers on tap, a well-chosen wine list, and many non-alcoholic options.
The Bottom Line
The scenery, service, and overall atmosphere of 608 are all delightful. The food will bring you back to a time when simple, fresh, local ingredients done right made for the best meals. Fresh quality ingredients paired with Chef William Eick’s flawless execution equals an absolutely exceptional dining experience that one must return for again and again.