It has been a good week...
Went to Oishii on Tuesday night. Arrived around 6:30, were seated around 7:10 (party of 3). Take out business is pretty out of control - I can't believe how much sushi those guys make. Highlights... the Jeffrey's Maki is a knock-out, the hamachi handroll was excellent, the tokyo style soft shell crab maki is now on my list for each visit.
Blue Ribbon lunch on Wednesday - my office (75 people) ordered it. Have to say is was delicious and held up well to travel. The cornbread was a little more moist than previous visits, but the best part was clearly the burnt ends. Really fantastic - succulent pieces of beef that just melted in my mouth.
La Morra - stopped in late Wednesday for cicchetti and a little wine. The polpette are really amazing - salty, but the subtle taste of herbs is just perfect. The arancini were done very well - the crispiness in the inside with the correct crunchiness of the rice on the inside. The flavor is subtle - when I make this at home, the flavors are stronger, but I cannot match the lightness of their frying or the perfect done-ness of their rice. The fried olives are a little bit of a guilty pleasure. We ate at the bar and the bartender was really great - if they can match her level of service... that would be amazing. She steered us to the bread pudding... wow, decadent... tastes like french toast that has been soaked in a sweet batter for months. Definitely must be shared - too much for one human. 4 cicchetti, 2 glasses of wine (with 2 more comp'ed), and one dessert - $40 before tip - a steal in my book.
Dolphin Seafood - unremarkable meal except I had soft shell crabs... and they were delicious. Nice saute with a big squeeze of lemon on top. Love this time of year! The clam chowder should be avoided - too thick and the big chunls of potato weren't cooked enough to match their size (I'd rather be chewing big chunks of clam than potato).