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Literati II for weekday lunch

cvc | Apr 22, 200602:13 PM

There are certain dishes that are just so right as to seem perfect. Biting into the strawberry rhubarb crisp at Literati II for lunch the other day was just such an experience. Priced at $9 it came topped with a combo of crème fraiche-like silken strawberry and vanilla ice cream. Butter, sugar, tart juices sweetened all combined to sumptuous effect. I had forgotten about the variety in the artisan bread basket since my last visit about a year ago and enjoyed them immensely. The tomato butter/spread that accompanied them was good and speaks to this restaurants commitment to do things a little differently but breads this fine deserve good butter so I asked and it was delivered immediately. In fact, all of our requests from simple syrup for iced tea, extra condiments and taking food to go were swiftly handled. My friend had the Dungeness crab sandwich which came with delicious vegetable chips, sweet potato maybe, for $15 and I had the special pastrami pannini with excellent fries for the same price. Not as dry-cured or intensely seasoned as, say, a traditional version, it was, nonetheless, a great sandwich with a type of homemade cole slaw topping and Swiss cheese (cave aged no less). With two iced teas the total came to $48 plus tip. Like a good read, Literati II is aging well.

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