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Rioja in Andersonville (longish)

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Rioja in Andersonville (longish)

toni | Dec 31, 2005 11:22 AM

Went there last night. My husband and I loved the food. To begin we had sort of an antipasto plate of serrano ham, manchego and Sam simon cheese, white anchovies, olives, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, chorizo. With bread, this could have been a little meal. We also had the ceviche. It comes in a a big cocktail glass and was very cold and lime-y. Next, I had a butternut squash soup with curry and apple and my husband had the fried ravioli, filled with lobster and crab. A good sauce flavored with lobster accompanied this. We also had the tenderloin skewers with carmelized onions and a port-wine sauce, Outstanding flavors with the sauce, onions and beef but the meat was just a few nuggets - and not that amazing. Two more composed plates finished off our dinner. Scallops with a mushroom polenta and another great sauce and pork tenderloin with apples and manchego mashed potatoes. Both of these could also be ordered in an entree size portion. Both were exceptional. Really, we are going back soon, very soon. I wish it was more crowded for a Friday night. I want this place to make it. Prices are very reasonable too.

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