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Rosemary's ROCKS yet again!

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Rosemary's ROCKS yet again!

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | Nov 5, 2005 08:34 AM

While this trip to LV turned out to be quite the ordeal, the highlight (along with free tix to the Vegoose festival) was our pilgrimage to Rosemary's.

I had to drive a rent car in from Flagstaff, and the missus was late getting out of Victorville, CA, so I cancelled our 9PM rezzie and showed up about 9:30, figuring I would secure a spot at the bar and refuse to leave until the lovely Denise showed.

While waiting for my better 3/4, I enjoyed a couple of small plates, an order of serrano ham and an order of cumin gouda, both served with slices of walnut toast and a yummy onion marmalade. Both were excellent...the serrano was silky and delicately salty, the cumin gouda was as good a cheese as I have enjoyed...rich, nice cumin flavor, nice toothsome texture.

The oh-so-yummy prosciutto wrapped figs with pesto and balsamic were on the menu, and I called the missus to find out if she wanted them...she did, so I held off ordering until she arrived about 10:15. The order arrived shortly, and it was a stunner as usual. Lovely figs, stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. Combined with the pesto this dish has it all going on...fruit and earth and bright and smoky and a wonderland of textures on the tongue.

We kinda scattershot about the menus...did a special sweetbread served with andouille grits in a creole mustard influenced sauce that was awesome. As always, the Cheesy Grits with Wild Mushrooms with Sauce Dijonnaise, and this time the mushrooms were out in force, including some that looked like a cross between enoki and The Incredible Hulk.

Rather than be total pigs, we opted to split an entree, and went with the Halibut Linquist. It's been on the menu for as long as I can recall, and I can see why it is a perennial favorite. The fish was perfectly cooked, moist but with that nice steak-like texture. The filet was crusted with their buttermilk onion ring coating, set on a bed of garlic spinach with a subtle muscadet butter sauce. Totally sublime.

For dessert we split a lemon ice box pie...nice light citrusy flavor to the very dense custard, countered by the flaky pie shell. Yummy finish to another most excellent visit to Rosemary's.

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