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August – Gregoire – Pulled Pork & Cioppino-ish

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August – Gregoire – Pulled Pork & Cioppino-ish

rworange | Aug 5, 2005 12:28 AM

Once again, I had no intention of posting, really, but these are two of the finest dishes I have eaten at Gregoire.

PULLED PORK & GRILLED BACON WITH TARRAGON WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD ON CIABATTA.

Gregoire ran out of ciabatta. IMO that was lucky for me. The meltingly tender pork wonderfully paired with the toasted crispy baguette spread with rich, decadent caramelized onions. To move this into the category of sinful there was the thick, smoky, grilled pieces of bacon, giving the sandwich an amazing medley of texture and taste. I trust Gregoire on what is best, but I can’t imagine the ciabatta roll could top this. I’ll have to do a comparison.

SEAFOOD CIOPPINO-STYLE WITH RIGATONI PASTA.

The cioppino-style rigatoni is just the best dinner dish I’ve ever had at Gregoire. Served on rigatoni it has tiny, deeply flavorful clams and mussels in shell, baby squid rings, crab (shelled small pieces) and cod.

It was tossed with a sauce of fresh tomatoes, gypsy peppers (I think) and summer herbs. Slightly peppery, each bite had a taste of a different fresh herb.

If a clam can be charming, these were. They were tiny little clams in a ruffled shell. Looking at them I thought, that is just the cutest thing I have ever seen. If the clam was small, the flavor was HUGE. That’s the best tasting clam I’ve had in a long time. Ditto on the mussels.

After ordering it, I regretted it. I thought the seafood would overcook on the ride home. Nope. Perfect. I’m saving some for tomorrow because I think this would be pretty fine as a cold seafood pasta salad. It was also a generous portion. The entire box was filled.

Bravo, Gregoire … or whatever they say in French..

Link: http://www.gregoirerestaurant.com/gre...

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