Restaurants & Bars

RED, Santa Cruz, Take 2

Carb Lover | Jul 14, 200502:52 PM

Second visit to Red last night. See link for first visit details w/ address and link to their website. Note: Some food prices appear to be $1-3 more than indicated on the website. Got there around 8pm. Place not that full but people trickled in a bit later.

Specials of the day:
Borscht (beet soup)
Caprese salad (heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozz, organic basil)
14 oz. steak (not sure what cut) w/ purple potatoes and another side
Seafood fritto platter w/ calamari, ling cod, Tiger shrimp

We ordered:
Pizzetta w/ San Danielle prosciutto, pears, manchego, and aceto balsamico ($8)

Roscoe's platter ($9): 3 pieces of buttermilk fried chicken (2 drumsticks, 1 thigh), cornmeal waffles, maple syrup, and fries (we subbed in a garden salad)

To drink: Y got a pint of Fuller's London Pride ($4.75) and I got a glass of 2003 McDowell Grenache Rose ($5.75).

Take 2:
About the same as Take 1. Good ingredients w/ uneven conception and execution, yet a fun and affordable place for a bite downtown. Pizzetta was like a pillowy 8" grilled pita that was then topped and put under broiler to finish. Too much prosciutto made it salty and that w/ the balsamic overpowered the pears and manchego. I don't think I'd order another pizzetta given that they don't make it "right" in my book and now cost $8. Too light to fill up one person.

Roscoe's platter was fun and generally tasty. It's all about eating the maple syrup w/ the chicken and waffles at the same time. I make better fried chicken, but their's was moist and satisfying. Fries would have taken this gutbuster over the top, so it was nice that we could sub in a house salad. The greens were super fresh (on the same level as Sestri's from Happy Boy) and the tomatoes and vinaigrette were very nice. Would order the platter again if I was up for it.

Drink menu is a strong point. Y liked his Fuller's beer and so did I! Tasted like a very smooth amber ale. First glass of Rose that I've had in ages, and it was dry and light. Waitress offered to give us tastes before we committed which was a nice gesture, so won't hesitate to ask for sample next time. I wonder if all their wines are in a cruvinet since wine flight ($15) consists of choosing any 5 wines on the list. Will ask next time. Also offer beer flights ($10) w/ choice of 5 beers on tap. They have a pear cider I want to try soon.

This place def. has its shortcomings and feels a bit "loose", but the base ingredients are good, the prices are fair, and the drink menu is a great way to sample things I wouldn't get to otherwise. They also open and serve late for SC. Service was more uneven this time, but there's alot of good intent and energy all around. Next time, we're going to stick w/ the daily specials to see how that goes.

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