David Sloo has been going to La Bodeguita del Medio for a decade, and the quality of the food has been variable. However, he thinks that they’ve hit their stride, and he can now recommend the place for the excellent food–not just the lively atmosphere and rummy rum.

He recommends the oyster shooters–good-quality oysters served in a shot glass, adorned with cocktail sauce, a generous dose of grated horseradish, and habanero rum. The rim of the shotglass is dipped in salt and powdered habanero, making for an intense and delicious experience for non-crybabies. Lamb chops are thin and elegant, grilled beautifully with lots of cumin. Surf-and-turf (a piece of grilled skirt steak and a couple of grilled shrimp) was delightful years ago, then started to be overcooked and lame, and now looks delightful again. And “the purple mashed potatoes are the sort of thing you’ll like if you like that sort of thing,” says David Sloo.

La Bodeguita del Medio [Peninsula]
463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

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