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Five Fabulous Nibbles


Posted on November 23

Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Back Bistro
Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Back Bistro

Have you ever visited a restaurant where the appetizer and small plate selections are so darned appealing that it’s hard to choose an entrée? When I’m faced with that dilemma, I simply build my dinner out of lots of nibbles. Here’s five I particularly like:

 

Trio of Bruschetta
58 ° and Holding Co.
Like bruschetta? Chef F.J. Villalobos of 58 ° and Holding Co. offers a “ Trio of Bruschetta,” with seven varieties from which to choose. My favorites include the mushroom confit and caramelized onion béchamel; and the Mission fig compote with Laura Chenel chèvre and toasted pecans.
www.58degrees.com

 

Macaroni & Cheese
Selland’s Market-Café
Selland’s Very Adult Version of macaroni and cheese features a blend of four cheeses and is generously sprinkled with buttery toasted bread crumbs. Nurturing, crusty, and sinfully delicious, I like to pair it with a good glass of Chardonnay.
www.sellands.com

 

Hawaiian Ahi Poke
Back Bistro
This luscious little plate showcases moist chunks of fresh Ahi tuna piled atop sticky rice, embellished with thin slices of Japanese pickled cucumbers, sweet onions and crushed macadamia nuts. If you're still hungry, don't miss the stellar almond-crusted prawns.
www.backwinebar.com

 

Veal Sweetbreads
Boulevard Bistro
Think sweetbreads are icky? Head out to Elk Grove’s charming Boulevard Bistro and sample the kitchen’s celestial, tender veal sweetbreads, sautéed with shiitake mushrooms in an eye-rollingly delicious, velvety red wine-thyme sauce, and I guarantee you’ll be a convert.
www.frontiernet.net/~boulevardbistro

 

Frito Misto
OneSpeed
If you like fried calamari, you’ll swoon over chef Rick Mahan’s frito misto – battered and deep-fried Gulf shrimp, thinly-sliced fennel and lemon, red bell peppers, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and anchovies…served up with a garlicky aioli sauce. Wash it down with a cold pint of Anchor Steam Ale.
www.onespeedpizza.com

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Published: Sunday, November 23, 2014