Both Bodega Bistro & Sultan closed for late lunch so sat at COCO 500 bar.
Limited menu 3-5:00 but perfectly satisfying.
Confit Tuna Stuffed Piquillo Pepper: Beautiful to the eye luscious in the mouth. Scattered capers and sauce surrounding small bell shaped peppers stuffed with confit of tuna mixed with a homemade mayonnaise. Cool, light and refreshing. This is from someone who does not eat tuna salad. $5.00
COCO mole tacos: moist beef with a touch of spice on flat taco chips but a greasy aftertaste. $4.00
Vacherin: coffee ice cream on top of flat meringue covered with dark chocolate and shaved almonds. This should not be as fantastic as it is, but it is. $8.50
Grilled calamari: What can I add. It has all been said before on this board. It is the one dish that is ordered on every visit. $8.75
Fritto misto: Maryland soft shell crab smothered with very thin onion strings that were fried with the crab. Beware. Addictive. $15.00
Linguini with petrale sole. Supprisingly uninteresting. $14.00
Panna cotta. It is the texture that raises this above others.
1999 Vera de Estenas Reserve taste $5.00
1995 Cabot Beron Barolo Taste $7.50
How lucky residents are to have a place where not only may they drink nice wine by the glass but by the taste. A 1995 Barolo!
Blossom Bluffs Golden Nugget mandarin: juicy and sweet.
Frog Hollows Brooks cherries: akin to eating cherry pie.
San Francisco Fish Co.: Dungeneous Crab that they completely crack.
Acme Cinnamon currant loaf: As always packed with cinnamon and currant flavor. Another addiction.
The hotel made the reservation. Both owners? were warm and welcoming and seemed to know who I was as I entered the restaurant addressing me by name.
As others have said a bit like being in someones home which depending on mood can be good or bad.
Followed Lord Griffin and Rick D.s suggestions
Gnocchi with sherry sage bacon sauce: pillows floating in sauce.
Duck livers. As a lover of all types of liver this simple preparation allowed the rich liver flavor to come through.
Pistachio cake covered with caramelized pistachios
Myth: 2 glasses of wine by the taste. Upscale but very comfortable place.
Hidden Vine: Very busy, very humid subterranean wine bar. No wine by the taste. The woman behind the bar did not have time, unlike CAV, to discuss, in any detail, which wine to order. Not rude but we are busy, this is what we have, what do you want? posture.
As a comparison:
CAV: professional and ½ glasses and interesting wines and accommodating.
Hidden Vine: amateurish and full glasses, only, and comparatively less interesting wine
Myth: upscale and ½ glasses and ½ plate portions and nice crowd buzz.
Hotel Biron: not visited this trip but love the wine choice and the vibe (somewhat dark, dank, mysterious almost New Orleans side street feeling)
Many thanks to members of this board for their suggestions.
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