I ordered Stanhope Terrace Meatloaf and, because my eyes are bigger than my stomach, a side of the Berry Mint Banana Salad. The meatloaf was an upscale take on a hearty blue plate special. Meatloaf is food for the masses, and I love cooking it at home in huge quantities—enough for days of leftovers. The meatloaf at Vespa is a world away from the super-basic version I cook. The meat was so juicy and flavorful. It came to the table stacked tall over a mountain of rich and creamy white cheddar mashed potatoes. That’s smothered in gravy with a single crispy fried onion ring on top. Digging into it was a feat, and finishing it was impossible. There’s no skimping on portions here.
Even though I couldn’t conquer the meatloaf, I still found a little room to gobble up the fruit salad, which highlighted my very favorite flavor combination: berries and mint. Fresh mint was stirred into a mixture of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and bananas. As much as I adored the meatloaf, this salad was exactly the burst of freshness I needed after that heavy entree. (You can also get house-made kimchi, which had me pretty excited. But, unfortunately, there was only so much I could eat.)