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Atasca, Red Fez, etc.


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Atasca, Red Fez, etc.

Joanie | Jan 3, 2005 07:11 AM

Finally made it to the Broadway location of Atasca and had a good time. Altho I think I've decided that the traditional pork w/ clam dish isn't for me since the pork seems to be on the chewy side and clams are overdone. Or have I just gotten unlucky the 2 or 3 times I've had it? It's a cute spot and wasn't too busy on a Thurs. nite. Very sweet waiter. We started with some sort of cheese, tomatoes and garlic which was tasty along with the basket of bread, olives and olive oil. Two people got chicken dishes which seemed to be the hits of the table, esp. the one w/ some special cheese and linguica. One got steak w/ a fried egg and the amazing fried potatos which are much better sliced than cubed, the style that came with my pork dish. Entrees ran about $14-19. Flan had a lemon flavor to it, rice pudding was on the dry side, baked apple wasn't very exciting (4-$4.50). We had a good time but I don't feel the need to rush back.

Started New Year's Eve with drinks at Cafe Umbra on Washington St. which was medium busy about 8:30. Had a nice bellini and moved on to the Red Fez who had a 4 course dinner for $58. I think I give it a B overall. It was pretty slow there which surprised me, both the dining room and the bar area. I'd only ever been in the bar but the dining area is nice with tall ceilings and brick walls. Our waitress was good, starting us off with a bread basket of pita and other breads w/ olive oil with our melon martini and red wine. There were about 4 choices for each course and we started with tuna tartare and lobster bisque. The bisque was especially good but maybe too much and too heavy for the 1st of 4 courses. I then had delicious crab cakes w/ lobster and some greens and he had a beet/goat cheese salad. I asked for my rack of lamb just under medium but they were pretty rare. They had a spicy peppery crust and were served w/ asparagus on canelloni beans which are okay but I'd prefer potato or rice. My friend asked for his steak rare and it was more done than my lamb but tasted good, served w/ mashed, not sure what else. My dessert was pear almond tarte and his was chocolate mousse cake, both good. All in all, a good deal for 4 courses.

Grabbed a burrito from La Pupusa Guanica in JP yesterday and it was pretty goopy which I guess distinguished it from some of the standards. $5 seemed a little high, think I'll stick with the pupusas or try a platos typico next time. Earlier I got a choc. croissant at Blue Frog which was amazing. A little greasy yes but I can deal with that cuz they get the flakiness just right.

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