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E&O Trading Co. -- Union Square

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E&O Trading Co. -- Union Square

Gayle | Nov 6, 2005 11:14 AM

After the Green Festival last night, we were hungry and ready for a drink. I'm with a co-worker who's not particularly adventursome and perhaps downright picky.

Based on a recommendation, I suggested that we hit E&O Trading Co. for dinner. Located at 314 Sutter, it's a three minute walk from our hotel.

E&O stands for Eastern and Oriental -- I much prefer Eh & Okay. I'm even more disappointed now that I've learned that it's a chain with a few locations in NorCal and one in HI.

A 30 minute wait at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Not too bad, went to the bar and decided to just eat there. E&O offers an assortment of "small plates" and we decided to go that route. After cocktails we decided on Asian corn fritters, mango thai ribs, salt and pepper calamari, peanut ginger chicken satay and salt and pepper sauteed prawns.

The stand outs were the bartender, who was chatty and friendly and fun, the homemade ginger ale in my Makers Mark and ginger and the salt and pepper calamari. The ginger ale was spicy and just sweet enough and left a little "ginger tingle" in the back of my throat. The calamari was great and the green chili dipping sauce was delish.

The rest of it -- Eh & Okay. Ribs were a little too sweet and fatty. Could have used some spice to balance out the mango sweetness. The corn fritter could best be described as a funnel cake add corn. Very "interesting" and oddly, I kept picking at it until I asked the bartender to take it away from me. Chicken satay was standard but pretty tender. Prawns were a little over done and tiny once you took off the head and peeled them.

So, not great, a little disappointing, I was expecting more.

Although, with one cocktail, two beers and five small plates, with tax and a 20% tip the bill was only $79. So not bag!

Link: http://www.geggieblog.blogspot.com

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