Last night I tried the Latest Dish for the first time, and although the awning wasn't promising, nothing inside disappointed.
The decor is funky; the tables are copper and are available at different heights.
We ordered a special appetizer, Ginger Rice Balls stuffed with carmelized chicken for $7.50. Came with 2 good-sized balls, a pile of fried onion bits, and two sauces, a hoisin-style and a thai chili sauce. They were really delicious, and the balls were successfully crunchy on the outside and creamy (risotto-like) on the inside. This might have been the best part of the meal.
I ordered a pound of "drumettes" (If anyone can explain to me what a drumette really is, I would appreciate it. I spent half the meal wondering what part of a chicken I was eating). They were cooked perfectly, and came in a sauce that I think might have been the same as the thai sweet chili dipping sauce that came with the appetizer. The similarity didn't bother me because the sauce itself was phenomenal. The dish also came with a small pile of chinese pickles. Yum. $7.
I ordered a side of mac and cheese ($5) which was very creamy, almost more like alfredo sauce than mac and cheese, but good. My DC ordered tilapia over avocado rice which he liked, although he distinctly did not like the pinto beans it came with ($17?).
Service was friendly and attentive; the waitress refilled our sodas well before she had to, gave ordering advice and was very pleasant. I'd read that the space was noisy and did not find it to be so, though in fairness, this was a Tuesday at 6.
I would definitely return.
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