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Living in NYC, we don’t go to the same restaurant twice unless it is really good.  Last time we went to Flex Mussels, we had a wonderful experience, and I have not been able to get the deep fried whoopie pie out of my head since!  So when our friends suggested Flex Mussels for dinner this weekend, I couldn’t say no.

The big difference last night, was that we went to the 13th Street location, where Zac Young, the famous pastry chef from Top Chef: Just Desserts,  usually works.  Well, not only was Zac there, but we actually met him and talked to him for a few minutes!  Actually, Matt said hello and introduced us, and I kind of blathered about.  I don’t really get excited about actors, but celebrity chefs are my thing and I was completely star-struck.  Good thing I have a husband that was able to form complete sentences and ask to take a picture with Zac.Lauren and Zac

I still can’t get over how cool he was.  If you watched Just Desserts, he is exactly like he was on the show.  I did manage to ask him if he eats the desserts he makes, and he told me he actually just eats desserts, since they don’t have calories.  Can you see why I love him?Lauren Zac and Matt

Anyway, the food was just as good as last time.  Matt and I shared the Goat Cheese Salad (“toasted goat cheese, simple greens, roasted beets, candied walnuts, apples”).  The greens were crisp and fresh and there was a good balance of ingredients.

For the table we ordered a few things to share:

2 orders of Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries

The fries were crispy and flavorful topped with mixed seasonings and parmesan cheese.  They were accompanied by an aromatic truffle oil.

Little Neck Mussels: “fresh chopped clams, bacon, red pepper, breadcrumbs, herbs”

The Little Neck Mussels

These mussels were different from any mussels I’ve had before.  I loved the texture that was added from the breadcrumbs.

Maine Mussels: “lobster, smoked bacon, corn, white chowder, parsley”

Maine Mussels 1

Maine Mussels 2

The Maine variety was extremely flavorful.  If you like bacon, I’d highly recommend this version.  We had this version last time and I’m glad we ordered it again.

Italiano Mussels (no photo): “calamari, roasted garlic, red wine, tomato sauce”

These were the perfect mussels for bread dipping.  The red sauce was chunky and flavorful.  The calamari were a little overcooked, but other than that these were great too.

Even though the salad, mussels and fries was more than enough food, we couldn’t leave without ordering dessert.  I was so tempted to get donuts or the whoopie pie again, but I wanted to try something new.  Everything on the dessert menu sounded amazing, but Zac had said that his favorite was The  Flexy Cream Egg.

Dessert Menus

I usually shy away from panna cotta, it just isn’t my thing, but the dessert sounded so interesting Matt and I had to try it.

Dessert Menu 2

The dessert had a beautiful presentation.

Flexy Cream Egg 1

A thin chocolate shell was filled with the panna cotta and topped with the salted chocolate shortbread cookie crumbs.  Of course it wouldn’t be a Zac dessert without gold dust painted across the plate.

Flexy Cream Egg 2

The panna cotta was creamy and flavorful but I especially liked the cookie crumbs- crunchy, sweet and salty all at the same time.Flexy Cream Egg 3

Thanks Flex Mussels and Zac for another terrific meal.  We will definitely be back!

In other news, the Husband started a blog!  Check out Matt Eats Food for his review of Flex Mussels and some of his daily eats.

Do you have restaurants that you go to repeatedly or do you always try something new?

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28 Responses to “Back to Flex Mussels”

  1. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 14, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    This sounds fantastic!! I have really been wanting to check this place out. My husband is a HUGE seafood fan, so it just needs to happen! I do go back to restaurants that I simply adore :)

  2. Susi March 14, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    This is my kind of meal eating out! Everything looks fabulous and how exciting you got to meet Zac. Sounds like the perfect evening to me :o)

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    How fun! So glad your hubs asked for a picture :) You’d have kicked yourself after if he hadn’t haha.

  4. Lauren@LYK March 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    So mussels are not my thing. My mom told me they resembled something inappropriate once and now I can’t get the image out of my head! However, these look doable mainly because of the bacon. I think I would have to test these puppies out if I lived in NYC…

    • KeepItSweet March 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      hahaha i am trying not to get any visuals stuck in my head!

  5. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthLife March 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    wow, that looks fun! And your dessert looks amazing :)

  6. The Teenage Taste March 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Flex Mussels sounds like a great restaurant! That dessert looks so good!

  7. Natalie @ will jog for food March 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Glad to hear of a good panna cotta! I usually don’t like those. The truffle fries look so good! I can smell them :)

  8. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! My husband would be all over these mussels, I have never really enjoyed mussels. That dessert on the other hand… ;)

  9. Veronica March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    There aren’t many foods I don’t like, but unfortately mussels are one of them! I would totally go to this place JUST for dessert though. Yums. I now want a fried whoopie pie! How exciting you got to meet Zac Young and got a picture to boot! Wow!

    • KeepItSweet March 15, 2011 at 7:46 am #

      That place is definitely worth a visit for the desserts! They actually have a decent amount of options beyond the mussels. Last time our friends tried the chicken and salmon dishes and liked both of them.

  10. Veronica March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    BTW, the links for your hubby are not working.

    • KeepItSweet March 15, 2011 at 5:03 am #

      Thanks for letting me know! Don’t know what happened but I just fixed them.

  11. Ashley @ the fit academic March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    omg – those fries look out of this world!!! my mouth is literally watering!

  12. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    All of this sounds and looks divine!!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  13. Peggy March 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Sounds like an awesome dinner! There are so many restaurants in Louisville, we try to visit as many different ones as we can! We have our mainstays though, that never disappoint us!

  14. Shauna from Piece of Cake March 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I am such a Zac fan! Jealous. Of course there was gold dust. God, I love that guy.

    Those mussels have me drooling, too!

  15. Susan March 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    UMMM truffle fries?!?! Holy moly I’m hungry and that would be perfect – esp with the mussels!!

  16. blackbookkitchendiaries March 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    this looks great! i need to check this place out soon. thanks for sharing this post!

  17. Sues March 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Aww that looks like such an awesome experience!! And suddenly I’m craving mussels :) What a fabulous spot!

  18. Kate Horning March 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    yum the food there looks delish, I especially love truffle fries.

  19. Simply Life March 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    oh those fries look incredible! I usually prefer trying something new but once in a while enjoy a known favorite!

  20. Joanne March 16, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Okay so basically I HAVE to try out this restaurant at some point in my life. Everything looks amazing and it’s so cool that you got to meet Zac! I love that he was just as awesome in person as he was on the show.

  21. Evan @swEEts March 16, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Not only does everything you ate sound and look delicious, that’s so cool you got to meet a Top Chef star! That kind of stuff does not happen in Texas..haha

  22. featherfactor March 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    The mussels and the truffled fries look to die for. Glad you had a delicious dinner! Thanks for posting :)

  23. Kathy - Cooking On the Side March 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I can definitely see why you keep going back, this place looks fantastic! Zac was my favorite on Top Chef Just Desserts – such a great personality and I loved his creative desserts. How fun you got to meet him!

  24. thehealthyapron March 17, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Oh wow! Truffle fries? I have a weakness and it is fries.

  25. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen March 17, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I LOVE Flex Mussels!