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Doe's Eat Place

Hello again friends! I trust you are all thoroughly enjoying your posh nights in with delicious food from some of the area's best restaurants. How about these cooler temps? I love fall, and as I'm sure you all know by now, I love comfort food. And--ahem--wine. For me, comfort food takes many forms, but perhaps one of my most commonly loved favorites in this category would be a steak and baked potato. Sometimes I crave the basics in a big way, and tonight was one of those nights.

Where in Paducah does one find a fantastic steak, you ask? Doe's Eat Place. The restaurant has been a town favorite for great steaks since its opening, which is no surprise when you consider both the quality of meat and superb kitchen staff.

My favorite cut of beef, hands down, is fillet. When cooked perfectly (as it was at Doe's) it can't be beat in my eyes. The flavor was savory and delicious, yet pure. I don't like an over seasoned steak, especially when you have such a great cut of meat to work with. It was tender and juicy as it should be, and I truly could have cut it with a butter knife. The fillet came wrapped in foil so it was still warm once I got it home, and still a perfect medium rare. I even had pan juices to drizzle over the steak!

Although there isn't all that much discuss regarding a standard baked potato, this one was definitely satisfying and perfectly done--arriving home tender and still steaming.

When the temperatures cool down, I start to crave dry red wines again. Red wine was admittedly my first love, and strangely enough I became more open-minded about white wines much later. Tonight I went back to my roots and opened up a bottle of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Predator. This wine is moderately full-bodied and a great value for the price due to its unexpected complexity. Look for notes of dark fruit and a mild smokiness. A wonderful pairing with my very "meat and potatoes" meal, this wine definitely took things up a couple of notches.

Artisan Kitchen

You all know my rule: no skipping dessert on nights like this! That said, I must admit, I did not sample Doe's Eat Place's dessert offerings this time around. There happened to be a birthday celebration going on, and I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to eat a (decent sized) slice of Artisan Kitchen's Chocolate Brownie Sundae Cheesecake.

Do you see this cheesecake? It is the definition of decadence. A perfectly dense, smooth and creamy chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust would have been enough -- but the rich, fudgy brownie pieces mounded on top and drizzled with caramel certainly didn't make it worse! It's no secret that this place is a staple for exquisite desserts, among other things. The next time you're celebrating something special, give Artisan Kitchen a call if you don't already!

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