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Spur Gastropub - a longish report


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Spur Gastropub - a longish report

howard 1st | | Sep 4, 2013 08:48 AM

not being much of a burger person but being in the mood for such a delight, gf and I checked lists of BEST BURGERS here and elsewhere and selected SPUR GASTROPUB as gf had been to two bells and local 360. arrived to find it nearly handicapped inaccessible but managed to get into their handsome, light dining room and was pleasantly surprised to discover a menu going far beyond burgers with sweetbreads, lamb sausage and - wonder of wonders - guinea hen (which I hadn't seen in an American restaurant in years). ordered the bird and requested a simple green salad to be served with it - an odd habit of mine. the pert and friendly server had a bit of trouble understanding that I wanted only greens (any greens in the kitchen but no nuts, fruit, cheese or other impedimentia) with a simple dressing then tried to convince me that "the hen is a lot of food" by itself. insisting on this point, gf now decided to have venison tartare and merguez sausage also served as a single course; we relaxed and anticipated our pleasure with sober ginger ale at a rather steep $6. salad arrived via another server who seemed confused as it wasn't a standard item but, nonetheless, an excellent, properly chilled soup plate of arugula, radicchio, romaine and flat parsley - but no other food appeared and no bread or table garnishes. we nibbled on the salad for 10 minutes or so and were than served (1) a BREAST of guinea hen the size of a playing card with 3 grape-sized meatballs allegedly made from the hen's leg served on a bed of watercress puree (2) 2 lamb sausages as big as one's middle finger on a bed of garbanzo mash and (3) a disc of venison tartare about 2 inches in diameter and 1/4" thick on a plate with swirls and eddies of variously colored sauces. everything was delicious and of best quality but we left hungry after being presented a bill of nearly $90 with tax. we were assured that their burger is also excellent (though they do not make onion rings) but, at this dichotomy of value for money, are unlikely to find out.

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