Last night, I took my first bite in to Binghamton Restaurant Week with my return to one of my favorite local eateries, Whole In The Wall at 43 South Washington Street on Binghamton's South Side.

To sum it up in one word, YUM!  Whole In The Wall may just offer the freshest ingredients of any restaurant in town.  Everything tastes like it was picked fresh from a garden and knowing the folks at Whole In The Wall, it could very well have been harvested the same day it was prepared in the kitchen.

I brought 3 friends with me and we all tried something different.  The Whole In The Wall chefs did a very nice job with their Restaurant Week menu, giving first time visitors a great opportunity to sample their extensive menu.  Through September 26th, the dinner menu gives you a choice of 3 courses for $20.00 or 4 courses for $25.00.  And the portions are very generous.

Everything at Whole In The Wall is homemade.  It begins when you are seated with a surprise pre-appetizer, compliments of WITW.  I don't know anyone else who does this as free is always nice.

If you're going with friends and you order something different from the other person, you will want to sample some of these appetizers offered on your first course.  Watch the menu symbols as Whole in the Wall offers a number of choices for those on restricted diets including, vegan and gluten-free, which is not easy to find with area restaurants.

For course 2, you can enjoy a mixed green salad (organic), featuring your choice of 6 homemade salad dressings or, my favorite soup on the planet, their famous homemade creamy mushroom soup, which I believe they have in their take out cooler along with their famous pesto.

I love how they pair their entries in course 3 with suggested wines.  Michelle and I loved the whole chicken enchiladas with all-natural ground chicken with cheese baked in two corn tortillas with their "secret spicy Cosmo sauce," topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, sprouts and sour cream.  My friend Rebecca was excited to order Pesto pasta.  With the pesto made right there, how could you go wrong.  Even though everyone was eying the fresh wild broiled bluefish, Darrell went with the pierogie lasagna, which paired noodles layered with sauteed onions, white sauce, homemade potato pierogie filling and cheddar and ricotta cheese.   It's making me hungry again, just thinking about it.

If you go for the optional 4th course, there's fat-free blood orange sorbet or the raspberry chocolate chip brownie sundae teaser which consisted of a warm brownie, moist and gooey by the way, a scoop of real vanilla ice cream, homemade raspberry sauce, and topped with fresh whipped cream and a hint of cinnamon.

I know this is only my first day at Binghamton Restaurant Week but I'm thinking, it will be difficult to top Whole In The Wall.  I love fresh food and this may be the freshest food in town.

Thank you to a fine staff at Whole In The Wall for making this a special evening for my friends.  We'll all be back soon.

Binghamton Restaurant Week benefits CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse and runs September 17 - September 26th.  For more information on participating restaurants, click HERE.