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1st time at animal - wow!

tastycakes | Apr 29, 2010 09:58 AM

for the 4 of us we ordered:

pork belly sliders - succulent, and tender. a little bite from the mustard. fantastic.

headcheese with bread & butter pickle vinaigrette; hush puppies - tangy and meaty with the right amount of crunch from the cornmeal, the headcheese is served in paper thin slices so no gelatinous heaviness whatsoever

marrow bone with chimichurri - i felt the sauce overpowered the taste of the marrow just a atad, and since it's so fatty and rich, it should come with grilled country bread instead of buttered brioche toast, but still quite delicious

crispy pig's ear with fried egg - a wonderful play of textures and flavors - salty, tangy, and spicy, crunchy and slippery. excellent.

foie gras biscuit with sausage gravy - so decadent we should have had it for dessert. i thought the foie was rather gamy.

quail fry - i was a little shocked at how small this plate was, but the big flavor made up for it. tender greens, crispy salty skin, juicy meat, and a touch of sweetness from the maple jus. like roscoe's, but on a totally gourmet level.

we also split an entree - sirloin steak with truffle parmesan fondue & artichoke hash. the steak was a little chewy, but perfectly cooked, blanketed in luscious cheese, with the charred outside perfectly offsetting the richness. the artichokes and baby potatoes were sweet and tender.

of course there was no room for dessert...but overall one of the best dining experiences i've had lately. i will have to return to try the petite basque with chorizo; the smell of this was incredible!

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