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Quad Cities, Moline, potstickers update

bill pisarra, jr. | Oct 17, 200009:27 PM

In response to a request for info a couple of months ago, I posted some recs for the Quad Cities. One was to get potstickers at New China in Moline.

New China has changed hands, though still DBA New China. Alas, the marvelous potstickers have been replaced by...well, I am not sure what they are, but you don't want them. In fact, you don't want anything in the new New China, so Avoid Totally.

While I'm here, I double my rec that Trattoria Tiramisu in Davenport is the best deal in town for homey goodness. A little unassuming place, great service, moderate prices, everything fresh and good, just like I made it at home...just a wonderful neighborhood jernt kinda feel. They continue to improve, and the menu partially changes weekly, so you are always into something new.

They start you off with some bruschetta or other on the house, whatever is good that day. Then, last time out, we had an app of calamari rings just slightly bathed in a tomato, garlic, and shredded Swiss Chard sauce - amazing, especially given frozen squid, and that alone was almost enough for dinner for two, along with all the good sopping.

And while we're on the subject, why is Swiss Chard so rare on menus here in the U.S.? It is one tasty and versatile green - really two veggies in one in the kitchen, leaves and stems - and any idiot can grow tons of it in one season. Gardener-wise, it is just about idiot proof. What gives there?

Followed up with a grandma-like rigatoni and fennelly sausage, and we were outta there for 30 bucks, including a decent bottle of table. As I said, best deal in town.

Rule is divide by two when ordering.

Avoid New China. Go to Trattoria Tiramisu.

And any other Swiss Chard fans out there? Prolly should respond in General Topics.

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