March 4, 2010

Quick Review: Lunching at Bocado

Met three local wine enthusiasts at Bocado for lunch recently. It was my third visit to Bocado, and I've now left happy three times. This time, we brought wine, a lot of wine, so my recollections aren't perhaps totally clear.

That being said, the food and service were really top-notch. Bocado staff was more than accommodating to our wine-dork requests for multiple wine glasses and spit buckets, while wine bottles laid strewn across our table. 

We each ordered a sandwich and cut them all in fours so to be able sample a bit of each. The burger was quite tasty,though perhaps a touch past done for my liking. My favorite was again the roasted cauliflower and eggplant sandwich with pickled veggies, cilantro, and spicy mayo. It's very much a roasted veggie banh mi. Yummy stuff, but some serious spice that didn't exactly fit too well with the wines...if you find yourself lunching at Bocado with wine.

We also had a few orders of garlic-herb fries that were seriously addictive.

After several bottles of wine, we talked to the chef into whipping up a couple orders of brussel sprouts which aren't on the lunch menu and usually only  appear at dinner. I don't even recall how they were done exactly, but they were finished with shaved parmesan and croutons. Delicious. 

I've yet to try Bocado for dinner, but I've certainly had three very tasty lunches there in the past couple of months. It is certainly worth a visit if you have not been.

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