Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Buzzed From Waiting - SPQR

I love SPQR. But I had only been once during the 1.5 years it has been open because of that horrendous wait. Last Friday given that it was only 6PM, we thought we may have a good shot of getting in without a long wait. Nope.

So we ended up spending the 1.25 hour wait at a bar up the street. In keeping with the last post's theme, it's called drink while you wait for food on empty stomachs, and then you'll think everything is wonderous (which it may be but you're not entirely sure). We had the three antipasti's for $21.

Fried brussel sprouts
House-made pork sausage with braised fennel
Fried chicken livers
Rigatoni Amatriciana- Guanciale, tomatoes, red onions, pecorino and chiles 14
The chicken livers were just as divine as I remembered. The brussel sprouts and the pasta were great renditions. The house sausage... just okay.

Drunk From Waiting - Mission Street Food

This is a bit old, but we finally made it out to the Mission Street food Thursday night takeover of Lung Shan Restaurant. That's right, those wacky kids that did the food cart are now serving out of a divey Chinese joint a couple nights a week. This visit was from December with the guest chef being Tia Harrison from Sociale doing "Dirty South" food. We got there at 8:30 and proceeded to spend the 1.5 hour wait at the Beauty Bar across the street. When we finally got a seat, we were left with only 3 dishes to order - meaning they ran out of the other items and the items we could order, we could order only one of. Needless to say, three very small plates were not enough for two hungry people. Everything was delicious but part of that preception was influenced by our state of "hammered-ness" from multiple Makers and soda on empty stomachs.

Smoked Duck Beignets with sheep's milk cheese (quadrato perfette) cherry shallot compote. $10
BBQ Lamb Shank with vermouth braised cabbage, sweet potato gratin. $14
Dessert - Butter fried cornbread with buttermilk panacotta, honey and candied sage. $5
Next time I go... it will be EARLY........