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Appleton Street Crawl: Masa, 28 Degrees, Icarus

gini | May 8, 200806:04 AM

Yesterday was a lovely day for a chow crawl.

Started at Masa for their $10 Tapas platter. One of each:
Shrimp in adobe
Salmon tartar with corn salsa
Chip with onion in tamarind
Chicekn Taquito
Pork taquito
Cured salmon sope
Baked stuffed tomato
Cheese empanda
Mussel with salsa

All were fine as bar snacks, but nothing in particular stood out to me.

From there we moved onto 28 degrees for $1 oysters. We had a dozen, accompanied by a shallot mignonette, a lovely spicy cilantro mignonette, and the requisite cocktail sauce. This was such a great deal. Followed that with an order of tuna tartar, where the tuna was surprisingly devoid of taste. It didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste like anything either. The texture was great though and on the slightly sweet wontons with a little cucumber salsa, it really worked.

Finally ended up at Icarus where Stephen took excellent care of us. We decided to split two appetizers: the pasta whim and Polenta with Braised Exotic Mushrooms. The whim was house-made tagliatella with mushrooms, spinach and pork belly. The pork belly was outrageous, but the entire dish just worked so well. The polenta was crusted in a lovely cheese and the sauce for the mushrooms was slightly thyme-y and earthy.

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