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Literati II experience - just avoid fish?

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Literati II experience - just avoid fish?

Cicely | Feb 24, 2006 06:12 PM

Had dinner at this buzzed-about place last night with the family. I started with burrata and prosciutto with pesto and grilled olive bread - delicious. HArd to go wrong with burrata. My dad got the baby octopus bruschetta with white beans. It was huge for an appetizer - sized to share, I guess - and the flavors weren't very well defined. Nor were the textures - it seemed like a lot of mush, even with the octopus.

For mains, everyone got meat dishes but me - the vaunted hamburger for Mom, half roast chicken for Dad, pork chop for my boyfriend. I ordered cioppino.

I tasted the hamburger and it was good; Dad seemed very happy with his half chicken; and the pork chop, double-thick, was juicy and tender, topped with soft-cooked pears.

My cioppino, on the other hand, was ghastly. Cottony shrimp, just-okay clams and mussels in a muddy, celery-intensive broth. The Dungeness crab leg alone escapes criticism... I suppose I can only blame myself for making a mess while cracking it. The meat was tender and delicate, not overcooked at all.

I hadn't thoroughly reviewed reports of this place before going, obviously, but I had remembered raves for the hamburger, and perhaps the steak. Should one just stick to meat here, or what?

I did have the hound-recommended churros with chocolate, which I really liked. Chocolate was runny but rich, but I think I enjoyed the cinnamon-sugar dusted churros best on their own.

oh, and incidentally it was hopping on a Thursday night at 7:30... we had to wait for our table as people were just NOT getting up, and there's not much space to stand.

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