We had a most enjoyable time at Zuni Tues. nite. The weekday thing seems to be lunch menu 'till 6, then shift gears to a full dinner menu at 6. There were no reservations available 'till 8:45, but they do handle walk-ins and we were seated by 6:15.
Caesars were great, vegetarian for daughter - for mine I asked to make it as spicy as possible, and the extra dressing really made it perfect versus my last experience there a year ago. Also, the garlic had thta hot flavor almost like horseradish, which means it was very fresh and recently prepared.
Daughter had the polenta bowl with mascarpone cheese and she thought the cheese was a little too buttery and would have the parmesan next time instead. Still, it was very good and cost FIVE DOLLARS.
I has a most delicious strip steak that could not have been any more tender or tasty. There were some grilled portobello mushrooms along side which I will remember for years - very full flavored and a little buttery kick.
Anyway, daughter was drinking the margaritas which by the way may have cost more at the table than at the bar. And the bar is a keeper - I would be a regular if I worked downtown and I don't drink. Had a very spicy and tasty virgin bloody mary.
So at he table I asked the waiter for a decaf and he asked if I wanted a latte which I did. This was served in a bowl (!), with a very creamy top and the most subtle non-acidic coffee underneath. I remarked to daughter that this might be Graffeo it was so incredibly good. We asked the waiter and SURE ENOUGH, Zuni serves Graffeo. This was the best latte by a factor of 2 that I've had.
We had no time for dessert as we were off to the movie.
Perhaps this is too popular or trendy or whatever for true diehards, but it is a lovely place to take someone special.