The location has housed several different places over the years. I think there was a Papa Kenos in there and maybe some other places that didn't make it.
The dining room was cool and it was like walking into a farm house but with farm items that have been re-purposed. At the tables, you have dish towel napkins and some sturdy utensils. The waitress even had on an old looking apron that almost made you think she was a mother from the 50s going back to make the food.
On one wall, there was a ladder which became shelving.
Another wall had a picture of two farmers pulling potatoes.
And over the bar, gear pulleys had been converted to light fixtures.
But enough about the decor; you want to hear about the food.
As we ordered, that newly familiar green bottle of water appeared again. We saw this at The Green Room too. We know its tap water, it's just decorated like it is something more.
JE ordered the short rib ravioli which is an appetizer. He asked the waitress if it was enough for an entree and she said that some people only order that and it is very popular.
The five large raviolis were delicious. It tasted like pot roast stuffed into a ravioli and they were eaten quickly. Unfortunately for JE, it wasn't as filling as he had hoped.
At The Boot, you can order four different types of meatballs. As I really wanted to try each one of them, I asked if I could do that. The waitress told me that since they opened, you can't mix and match your meatballs. BOO! They all sounded great but I went with the classic meatballs. The waitress suggested the better deal was the meatball sub. That way, I got the meatballs and a side of polenta.
The meatball sandwich was good, but the bread was a little too hard, it may have been a little too toasted. The meatballs had a great flavor, but I was still disappointed by the lack of mix and matching them. The polenta was good too although I really didn't know what I was expecting here. I kept eating it and finished the polenta, but I don't know if you can jack up polenta, can you? I'm no polenta expert. Thanks to Mia for suggesting the meatballs and polenta!
The meals were good, but we do worry about the location. It just seems that it is doomed since nothing seems to last there. Maybe if they lift the "no mixing and matching of the meatballs" rule, it will survive.
The Boot is located at 415 Westport Road near the corner of Westport and Broadway.