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Good and not so good food at Zoofari

wineo1957 | May 18, 201206:04 AM

The boy and I went to Zoofari last night. Too much food to remember and we both need to loosen our belts today, but all in all great fun and a good cause. I was surprised at how good some of the Widmir beers were, especially the spiced IPA. The wine was pretty weak with more cute names than good wine. Pedroncelli has a zinfandel what was good.

The amazing:

Lighthorse and Dino for pates. Lighthorse- where are they?- had a smooth pate and Dino had 2 kinds: pork and boar. All were quite fabby. Dino also had deviled eggs which I have always wanted to try but the boy hates eggs so we have never ordered. Lighthorse oyster shooter overpowered the very good oyster with a very good tangy green something. Either alone would have been amazing, together not as much. Not bad, just didn't need the oyster.

Strawberry soup at Bastille Not too sweet

Crab cones at Indique - so spicy that we couldn't tell if they were crab or what in them, but the papadum cones were amazing.

Tongue sandwich at Proof/Estadio- a bit bland but the tongue was amazing.

The very good:

Octopus and bay scallops at Kellerai - didnt see any octopus and the bread was lame, but a good bite. Might go check them out after this.

Hanks had good stuff but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

BLT steak has great tuna in a spoon but way too much soy sauce on it so it was hard to taste it all.

Taberna del Alabadero had good paella but not world beating.

Brisket at Hill Country was nicely smoked but way to fatty... BBQ brisket should be fatty but the fat should be luscious (like the boy) and not "blobby" (like me!) The Texas caviar was most excellent.

Art & Soul had a very good spring onion soup

Ripple's sorrel soup was way too bitter but had a creamy texture. Like a lot of what I have had there, good ideas and good components but not a complete win.

What were they thinking?

Graffittio had grape soup that was foul only to be eat by the Bandolero taquitos which tasted like Doritos in mashed potatoes. Yes, a taco on mashed potato

Cava served two lamb dishes: a chop so spiced that you couldn't taste how mediocre the lamb was: greasy and tough- and a lamb slider which was again greasy and overly spiced. Their new Italian place had horrible polenta with grey mushy stuff on it that might have been duck, as they claim, or may have been roadkill. I just don't get this place.

Urbana had a lot of really bland charcuterie. Just tried the homemade stuff and it all missed the mark.

We didn't make it further up the hill and missed many other places.

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