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EVOO review

Reuven | May 11, 2002 11:44 PM

EVOO's hardly mentioned on this board... I've lived around the corner from it for four years and finally made it there this weekend, and it was great. Here's what I remember:

There were four of us. We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly on arrival. The menu was long, with a one-page regular menu plus a page of specials. We had a hard time choosing... but ultimately went with:

Appetizer of cornmeal battered fried oysters: I'd heard this was a great appetizer, and these oysters lived up to my expectations. They were perfectly fried - crispy tasty batter, hot and juicy interior. If not the best fried oysters ever, quite close.

Appetizer of Pot of Clams: this was a Portuguese-style dish. Littleneck clams with kale, onion, and chorico. I often think hardshell clams are overcooked and too chewy - these were not. The broth was excellent, and I somewhat disgusted my parents by snagging the little bits of clam they left in their shells and drinking all of the broth.

Our entrees ranged from great to mind-blowingly excellent. The worst of the four was my father's "Three Little Pigs" (all of the entrees have cutesy names). This dish was pork done three ways. One bacon, one adobo style, and one grilled pork loin. My father really liked it, but I thought it was just ok.

Next on the list: the Duck Duck Goose. Duck confit, sliced goose breast, and foie gras... this was a great dish but I'm glad I was sharing. It was too much duck for one person (or at least for me). The confit leg was outstanding. This was served over greens and lentils.

The best two dishes were the halibut (can't remember the cute name) and the softshell crabs ("Crispy Critters"). The halibut was done perfectly, a large moist fillet served with oyster mushrooms and polenta. The softshell crabs were THE BEST I'VE EVER HAD. They were perfect. Two huge crabs, plump and tasty, served over a spinach salad with little fried potato pieces, bacon, and a bit of apple.

The bread was good - spiced breadsticks and a soft white bread, served with olive oil / balsamic vinegar / pepper.

We skipped desserts and went to Christina's afterward, so I can't say whether they were any good.

Highly recommend EVOO - can't believe I've walked by it for 4 years and not tried it before.

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