Eat This! remembers 2016Bottom Highlights, Eat This! Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
“We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” —Anna Thomas
Another year has come and gone hungry readers, and what a scrumptious year it was. Nobody can say we ate badly as we explored the greater gayborhood’s many culinary delights. Remember when we ate at …
La Bonne Table (Hillcrest): The Côte de Porc is a succulent 16-ounce bone-in Berkshire pork chop, served with grilled Brussel sprouts and a delicate mustard cream sauce. Fork tender and swoon worthy. lgbtweekly.com/?p=67541
The Patio on Goldfinch (Mission Hills): The fragrant full-bodied Lobster Consommé Risotto, made with wine, heavy cream, butter and parmesan cheese, is served with spicy cilantro micro-greens, a drizzle of balsamic reduction and 4 oz. of lobster meat prepared sous-vide then flash grilled.
Trust (Hillcrest): The Beef Tartare is an exceptional medley of finely chopped premium beef, not-too-salty tonnato sauce (made with albacore tuna, capers and sherry vinaigrette), sweet pickled mustard seeds and robust Worcestershire vinaigrette, served on crisp lavash with two sunny-side up quail eggs. Three words: Dee. Lish. Us!
Madison (University Heights): Fresh tuna minced with red bell pepper is served atop thin avocado slices, the entire affair wrapped in translucent ribbons of cucumber. A shrimp tempura crown, mixed micro-greens, sprinkles of toasted sesame seeds and dabs of sour crème fraîche complete the presentation of this light and exquisite Tuna Tartare.
Kindred (South Park) Unripe jackfruit imbues the slightly sweet tomatoey BBQ sauce with a rich meaty flavor. Curls of pulled soy with a consistency of – and resemblance to – thick slices of pork belly, are served “wet” with tart dill pickles, onion and a green chili aioli between slices of crunchy grilled sourdough bread. A side of fresh-from-the-fryer sweet potato chips perfectly compliments the Memphis BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich.
Parc Bistro-Brasserie (Bankers Hill): Frisee Lardon Salad with duck confit begins with slightly bitter frisee tossed with smoky lardons and crunchy croutons in an exquisite bacon and shallot vinaigrette. Two soft poached eggs nest on top. The succulent confit leg and thigh is rich and savory with a delicious crispy skin.
Cucina Sorella (Kensington): The hearty portion of luscious slow roasted Pork Shoulder is served with cannellini beans, braised and fried mustard greens, ‘nduja (a spreadable pork salume made with roasted peppers and spices) and a mild salsa verde which adds a splash of color to the selection. lgbtweekly.com/?p=73563
Beerfish (Normal Heights): Served warm, the Lobster Roll is a thick slice of crunchy grilled brioche bread stuffed with meaty chunks of smoky sweet lobster meat tossed in a sauce of brown butter, lemon juice, chopped chives and tarragon; think hot pocket for grownups. Lip smacking good and not to be missed.
We live in a diverse gayborhood offering an array of dining options, so there’s no reason to eat badly. Whether seated at a quiet linen-covered table or noshing al fresco on a bustling street corner, you’re sure to find the perfect palate pleasing plate.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Multiple-award winning journalist Lance Ryder will be enjoying a brief sabbatical to spend time with family and friends, and the manuscript he’s been ignoring all year. Eat This! will return Jan. 19, 2017. Until then, Season’s Eatings!
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