Saturday, November 24, 2007

Three Latest and Best

Wine List at Z's Oyster Bar: We went opening week knowing full well what we'd be getting ourselves into. Oysters had shell and the tableside service was awkward, but the nearly empty dining room next to a bleak Northside corporate lake held promises of larger crowds and warmer weather. However, one thing makes me want to come back -- the well-thought out and smart wine list. With nearly 40 well-priced by-the-glass selections (including a few old standbys but many more interesting newcomers) and wine flights sorted by pairing or varietal (say, with oysters or all Cabernets), there's lots to try here. We didn't eat a full dinner, so we owe the food another try, but in a city where once is enough with some new restaurants, Z's earned another try from me.

Goat Cheese Tarts at L'explorateur: You know those tiny tart molds that you see at Surly Table from time to time? Have you ever looked at those and said "What on *earth* would you use those for?" Well, here's an idea: pastry crust filled with melty goat cheese and topped with rich onion and garlic confit. Very French and perfect for snacks at a Beaujolais Nouveau release party.

Coffee Tequila and PAMA Liquor: Not together, but seperately these liquors are perfect to help usher in the winter holiday season. The coffee Patron? Sounds weird but tastes delicious especially in a coffee martini or shot with Godiva white chocolate. The PAMA pomegranate liquor is nearly perfect for drinking on its own -- on the rocks after dinner for a tangy, citrusy but sweet treat -- or in a martini. Another way to try? Dribbled over ice cream or an apple tart or even in champagne. A perfect bottle for the holidays.


s.j.simon said...
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braingirl said...

Goodbye, Spammy McSpam.

scubachef said...

One of best holiday drinks that I've had is eggnog made with a Mexican (Mayan) liqueur called Xtabentun (rum/anisette and honey). I bought a bottle at John's downtown a couple years ago, but have had a hard time getting any since then. I've been waiting to enjoy my last sips of it.