Blew into town for a brief visit a few days ago. Highlights, mostly based upon FTC recommendations:
– Pescado Zarandeado at Mariscos Chente, mid-afternoon: Sergio was in the house, along with a waitress, and us. No one else. The snook was great, as were the camerones in cheese, garlic, and sour cream sauce.
– Maple Block Meat Co.: Brisket, half lean, half fatty. Excellent, but we would go with all lean next time. The smoked peewee potatoes with creme fraiche were also very good, as were the smoked nuts.
– Mashti Malone: Saffron/rosewater ice cream was really good, but the orange blossom/rosewater was even better. Intense floral flavor.
– Akasha: The onion rings were a good snack.
– Bludso’s: Another snack – Nicole Rucker’s Mexican Lime Pie was very tasty.
– Langers (to go, by-the-pound): Pastrami & rye (of course). Excellent as always. Along the same lines as at Maple Block, we ordered “lean” this time, and it was just fine that way – it just saved me from trimming the excess fat when making our sandwiches.
– Wurstkuche: Outstanding sausages and frites (Arts District location). Best frites we’ve had in town so far.
Speaking of frites, we also paid a visit to Petit Trois: Frites were good (not as good as Wurstkuche), but the Big Mec was not even meh. The chef was so heavy-handed with the Worcestershire sauce in the “Bordelaise”, that any other flavors that might have been present were covered up. As for the french onion soup, although it was a beautiful presentation with a nice crust, the broth itself was almost flavorless. I sent it back, because FOS is supposed to taste good, not just look good. Great baguette though.