|Warped Time On A Park Bench - digital image, JLR May 5, 2013|
The four of us wandered in around five thirty and were promptly seated and presented with menus. Mary, our charming server for the evening, took our drink orders and soon returned with three glasses of two-for-one house Malbec and for me a Racer 5, an American IPA style beer brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, CA.
While sipping our adult beverages, we discussed whether to choose tapas or something from the grill or maybe a house specialty. There were so many excellent choices, but the tapas menu finally won us over. Each of us ordered three tapas which gave us 12 plates to share.
Properly identifying and accurately describing all 12 dishes may prove to be a challenge, but I "vow to endeavor to persevere" (Lone Watie, The Outlaw Josey Wales) in the task. Here we go, and in no particular order:
|Norwegian salmon with capers, eggs, pickled onions, lemon aioli - very tasty.|
|with capers, eggs, onions, and lemon aioli - good, just not great.|
|flash fried new potatoes tossed with chili aoili - not my favorite, but enjoyed by others.|
|red and yellow tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, Hass avocado, basil oil, balsamic glaze.|
|This was my personal favorite, - little necks, garlic butter, lemon and white wine.|
The broth was fantastic and the bread for sopping was a nice touch.
|ground sirloin and chorizo sausage simmered in red sauce.|
|Another dish with a great sopping sauce, |
sautéed with bell peppers and Portuguese pepper sauce.
|This was so very tasty, - |
crispy shrimp tossed with Thai aioli over Asian slaw. One of my favorites!
|, dry aged chorizo baked in puff pastry.|
This had a slightly gummy bottom. We probably let it sit on the plate too long.