It was way too hot to cook tonight so my husband and I headed downtown in search of a casual dinner.  We found ourselves on State Street next to the Arlington theater at Jane.   If you’ve ever eaten at the Montecito Café you’ll notice that there are some of the same menu items found on Jane’s menu.  This is because both restaurants are owned by the same people and so they chose the menu “favorites” from Montecito Café and included them on the menu for Jane.

Jason and I were seated upstairs and dove into the wine list.   The by-the-glass list seemed a bit small to me, I wanted more choices.   With that said, there were some lovely wines on the list from Consilience, so we were happy.   It was too warm outside to drink red wine so I went with a perfectly chilled glass of Consilience Viognier (a nose of honeysuckle and orange blossom with a taste of crisp apple and pear).  I love this wine – the florals on the nose are absolutely heady – and yet it is dry on the palate.  Yum!  It went perfectly with my salad of fresh greens, grilled shrimp, smoked salmon with tarragon dressing.   Jason had the Greek salad with lamb sausage that went well with the Consilience Zinfandel (a big wine with flavors of black raspberry, plum and spices).  This restaurant has an appealing menu with enough options to make anyone happy.  I love all the entrée salads and the portabella mushroom sandwich.  Jason likes the burgers and the pasilla chili appetizer stuffed with Emmentaler cheese – seriously, do NOT pass that one up!  The pasilla chili has a spicy smoky character that is mellowed by the cheese – it is truly a match made in heaven!