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dinner and drinks, Ozone & Pauline's

Windy | May 15, 200510:30 PM

I've had a number of good to great meals at Ozone. Last week we were out having drinks downtown, and 9 passed and then 10 and we were trying to figure out a place that would still be open that we'd actually all want to go to.

Ozone serves its whole menu past 1. It was perfect. I ordered my usual favorites (Asian mushroom salad, the sausage appetizer, which after one skeptical bite, Roger pronounced the ür-sausage, and the preserved egg with crispy basil). We also got the tom yum noodle soup (disappointing), the chicken with basil (simple but excellent) and a lovely, spicy lad na with beef, which I got to finish in the middle of the night. $75 for three, including a round of soju cosmos, tax and tip, leaving us a few spare dollars to waste down the street at Lush where Victor was expertly mixing martinis.

I wish Pauline's were open past 10. Hadn't been in a while and got the last table at 8, just before the crowds arrived. We had a large artichoke and prosciutto pie, the salad of the night (which had some kind of miner's lettuce and microgreens, goat cheese, and strawberries), plus a few glasses of cabernet franc. The pizza was even better than I remembered; we boxed the remaining slices but ate them in the car after drinks around the corner at Hush Hush. The only thing I didn't like was the bread sticks, and the strawberries in the salad. The Pauline's cabernet-merlot blend was also skippable.

After a few rounds, we were tempted to actually eat the slices at Hush Hush. I don't think anyone would have cared. I was disappointed that the bartender, who made me a really sour lemon drop with fresh lemons, had no idea what went into a mint julep. I settled for bourbon and coke.

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