So I went to Gjusta late afternoon. My wife wanted to go to Bay Cities and I talked her into going to Gjusta instead. More on that in a minute.
So everything looked amazing. Their baked goods were fairly depleted, but that’s to be expected so late in the day. The cold salads looked really fantastic!
So naturally this Jew walks over to the smoked fish case. Of course in my head I knew I wanted to get lox. I did not see anything called belly lox on the menu nor anything that looked like belly lox in the case, so in my senility, racking my brain for what I remembered here, I thought maybe I misunderstood something and I ordered the classic lox on a bagel.
While absolutely delicious, it was not classic nor lox. It was still delicious, so tender and gently smoky and silky. I got it plain and open-faced. They put a nice little drizzle of oil on it. Excellent. I don’t think I would call their bagels, “bagels”, but it was delicious bread and went very well with the smoked salmon.
I also eyeballed those brussels sprouts in the salad case. They called to me. Absolutely excellent. Very tasty olive oil, wonderfully fruity, with the occasional crunch of a cashew, and the tasty fried shallots. I could’ve eaten 20 pounds of these.
Now, like I said my wife wanted Bay Cities. I tried to get her to get a porchetta sandwich or something like that. But you can’t steer an Italian once they have a hankering for something.
So she gets the chicken parmigiana plate, because she had dental work done and didn’t feel like eating bread (though she ended up eating some of the bread that came with it so go figure )
Needless to say she liked Bay Cities’ sauce better. The chicken was extremely delicious. I liked it. You can tell the sauce was made from fresh tomatoes, the sauce had a fresh acidic taste.
She wasn’t happy that they charred the bread, i, on the other hand, didn’t care and liked it that way.
The value added bonus was that I had to listen to her tell me that for $63 we could’ve gotten a lot more at Bay Cities, but that’s just her busting my balls in a playful way
So now that I’m back home and able to read this thread, it makes me sad that I did not aggressively hunt for belly lox.
Sadly, I am still unfulfilled.
Forgive my typos, too tired to type and using voice to text.