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April 9-15, 2006
This bird is stuffed under the skin
with ground pumpkin seeds, poblano chile, cumin, cilantro, lime juice
and garlic but didn’t have the flavorful punch that the description
implies. It was okay, but I’ll order one of the sandwiches instead
... sounded promising, but this heavy,
doughy ball didn’t deliver the peppery punch that I had hoped for.
... erased the scone letdown and delivered chocolatey
It’s pretty cloud of egg whites shielded a tangy curd and crisp crust. Not bad.
The University Avenue location and
their hours are both convenient. Because they make a million different
items, there are going to hits and misses.
This sunny eatery is staffed
with friendly and efficient people. There are students
and locals filling the well spaced tables at this counter service café.
The place is an acoustic trampoline
on steroids washed down with a six pack of Jolt Cola.
The milk braised pig shoulder
was flavorful and tender but the ciabatta had an overly crunchy crust
(not something I normally object to, but it was so crunchy that even the
Cap’n would raise an eyebrow.) The combination of that hard roll
and too much mayo left the meat overpowered. The broccoli rabe was an
interesting addition. I just wish that it wasn’t so tough and stringy.
The mesclun was oily from an abundance of vinaigrette, (but that didn’t
keep Chubby from eating every leaf.)
... was a densely packed patty with chopped onions
and parsley. Grilled radiccio, soft goat cheese and grilled onions
provided added tang and dimension.
When I walked in the door, I thought I was in for another disappointment. I came to Gioia specifically for the Fatted Calf sausage topped pizza and it wasn’t listed on the menu. But the pizza gods were smiling upon me and my fennel sausage and black olive slice ($3.00):
... was heated and served up within minutes.
Their fresh pork sausages are now available
in two varieties:
Lunch at Rustic Bakery is not something
that you should plan, they are new and gearing up which does not translate
into a reliable supply of sandwiches. I figured that I could walk to one
of my favorite lunch spots
(on the corner) if they were out.
... was a simple roll (which they called “housemade foccacia”, but I don’t think that I would identify it that way in a criminal bread line up.) It was slathered with Gina Marie cream cheese, chives and tender leaves of bibb lettuce. It was good, but it’s not a destination sandwich (and to be fair, I don’t think it’s meant to be.) They usually have two sandwiches to choose from as well as several baked goods including croissants (almond, chocolate and other varieties):
...ham and cheese biscuits:
...low fat muffins:
... granola and their famous flatbreads. They also sell
Cowgirl Creamery cheeses.
Uno dose of Tres:
... was a more generous than
expected serving of fresh, chunky, avocado dip. I ended up giving it a
little more zing with their housemade salsa.
... came on tasty corn tortillas.
When they arrived at the table, I asked the server which one of the identical
looking tacos was the pork. I was told that I altered the normal order
of one pork and one chicken to be two chicken tacos. I told her that I
had no recollection of this but she insisted that I did (multiple times.)
I asked if I could please have it as it was listed on the menu, and she
reluctantly acquiesced. To be fair, I did write about multiple personalities
just a few days back so maybe my inner Sybil has been summoned to the
... which came with those nice little corn tortillas.
He likes his starches and was pleased to find not only
rice and beans, but fried potatoes as well.
Next time for sure.
Sushi Ran used to be a regular stop
but somehow it had slipped from my normal rotation. After yesterday’s
red oil fest, it was time to treat my body like a temple (rather than
an amusement park) and head to Sausalito for some zen chow.
... is composed of one nigiri ebi, maguro, hamachi,
halibut and sake all of which were pristine and tasty
(although I’m not a cooked ebi fan, the raw is so much better in
my book.) The avocado and cucumber maki was good, but the pieces of cuke
should have been thinner so that they integrated with the rest of the
flavors without a fight.
I also like their bar
next door for evenings when you risk starvation while waiting
for a table in the restaurant.
If you like watching Chinese Karaoke
in PeeWee’s commissary while you dine on food hot enough to scorch
your nose hair, look no further than Spices! II.
...both delivered in the caliente department.
The thinly sliced ear had a pleasant chewy/crunch enhanced with scallions.
I’m guessing that they froze these (after they shaved the hairs
off) to slice them so thinly.
... may sound boring compared to the
other names, but this thinly sliced meat is woked with green onions, onions,
and lots of jalapenos. A mound of cilantro pulls together this savory,
Okay, spill yer guts. What happened to Sante? I understand
it's all rumor, just wanted to know.
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