I always approach winery restaurants with some trepidation; more often than not, they tend to have fussy little bistro-style plates that do absolutely nothing for me. But every now and then, a place will come along and, notwithstanding the "winery" moniker, be just an awesome restaurant - think Edgewild, for example. So when I heard about Cooper's Hawk, I had to check their menu before I got too enthusiastic; but then, after reading it, I was impressed. And after trying the food, I was nothing short of amazed: Fantastic and reasonably-priced, with an excellent variety! So naturally, a dinner was required!
Cuisine - I suppose "eclectic" would be as good of a term as any (although they just call it "modern"), since their cuisine hits just about everywhere. There is a definite south-of-the-border influence, with such delicacies as Pork al-Pastor stuffed mushrooms (spectacular, by the way), southwestern egg rolls, tequila-lime shrimp, and churrasco-grilled steak. But then there is a definite Asian influence, shown in the Thai lettuce wraps or the soy-ginger salmon. Then there's the Mediterranean influence, such as the Spanish seafood canneloni, the short rib risotto or the many pasta dishes. Or even a few from our own country, such as jambalaya, Maryland-style crab cakes, or a truly awesome steak. I guess ultimately, though, it can all be summed up as just great food! Having sampled a few different dishes, that's really the bottom line here: Lots of delicious choices! And, oh yeah, they also happen to be a top-notch winery, with every last dish provided with a recommended pairing! I'm not a wine-drinker, but if you happen to be, this place is heaven!
Cost - With food this good, you would expect to pay pretty high prices. I'm glad to say that while it's by no means cheap, Cooper's Hawk is definitely surprisingly reasonable. A good many dishes start in the mid teens, with some of the steak and seafood dishes working their way into the twenties. Only a couple of the high-end choices break the thirty-dollar mark. For my money, you would be hard-pressed to find food like this for a better price! And for the wine drinkers, I'm told their wine prices are similarly very reasonable.
Other Info - Cooper's Hawk is located in the huge Town and Country Crossing center on the southwest corner of Clayton and Woods Mill. They are to the left of the Whole Foods store, next to the fountain. Tons of free parking.
I'm looking forward to seeing lots of my west county foodies on Tuesday the 18th at Cooper's Hawk for an awesome winery dinner!