“Excuse me waiter, there’s an animal in my salad.”
This was probably the best line I’ve heard in a while, and it was said by a friend to our server while eating a salad at Farm 255.
But more on that later.
Since last year, I’ve always wanted to try Farm 255. The Athens restaurant specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, with all of its produce, meats, and dairies coming straight from local farms. Sure it was out of my budget (fresh slaughtered cow ain’t cheap), and I know my palette isn’t sophisticated enough to tell the difference between local beef and Wal-Mart beef; but it was on my Athens bucket list.
And darn it, if I wasn’t going to finish it.
The inside decor of the restaurant looked like an updated farm-house interior. The scene was rustic, yet inviting and I was eager to try the Farm Burger with grass-fed beef, cheddar, shallot aioli, lettuce, pickled cucumbers and chicken liver mousse.
The burger itself was good, not the best I’ve ever had (hello, Clocked!) but not the worst. In fact, something about it was almost too rich (blame it on the chicken liver mousse?) and too fresh to eat.
Yes, I realize how wrong all of this sounds. But seriously after years of dining on Steak and Shake, my taste buds just aren’t accustomed to day-old slaughtered cow.
Give me a frozen patty any day.
Meanwhile on the other end of the table my friend discovered a tiny meal worm slithering away in her salad.
Calling our server over, she said the above quoted line…verbatim.
I almost choked on my chicken liver mousse.
The server was apologetic, and said that the lettuce was tilled this morning, and must have not been rinsed off properly.
“This happens a lot,” she also added.
Oh boy, this wasn’t Fresh Express we were eating.
Surprisingly, we all had a good laugh about it at the table.
I don’t think I’ll be back at Farm 255 for a while. For one, I can barely afford it, and two, I’ll wait until my taste buds can mature properly – less Skippy peanut butter, more duck pate.
Yeah, like that will ever happen.
255 West Washington Street Athens, GA 30601