This Part Deux features a return to one of our favorites on 14th St, Estadio, this time with Official Girlfriend/Co-Writer of DCWD Texas, and Official Friends of DCWD Beatrice and Stormtrooper.
start, we all had a round of drinks, highlighted by the two slushitos:
one, a winter spiced gin with ginger, mint, and lime, the other an
orange slushie, with spiced vodka, cointreau, and cava. Each of us had
their perks; the orange was a lighter summery drink, while the ginger
mint one had a nice spice to it.
The first go round had
us order a cheese plate, featuring some manchego, a gouda-like cow
cheese, and a pungent goat cheese, along with a date, a fruit gelee, and
some bread. A solid cheese plate.
of the dishes on this trip were repeats from last time, such was their
popularity and deliciousness. As such, since I've already talked about
them at length, we'll just focus on how they did on their repeat.One
repeat was the slow roasted beet and whipped goat cheese montadito, an
open-faced sandwich. Even noted beet disenthusiast Texas had to
acknowledge how good this dish was, the beets soft and mild and the goat
cheese adding a wonderful tang.
repeat dish was the wild mushroom croquetas with roasted red peppers.
Just as creamy as I remembered them, and makes you wish that there were
more than four per order. They disappeared almost as soon as they hit
last repeat was the sherry glazed halibut in smoky romesco. The
garbanzo bean bed it sat on was a little dry and undercooked, but
otherwise the fish was lovely.
New for this trip was
the spinach salad with roasted squash, pears, dried cherries, and
hazelnuts. This ended up being the first dish that showed up to our
table, so it was devoured with some speed, despite being fairly simple
and easily replicable. Ultimately though, forgettable.
Always a crowd pleaser, and wonderfully consistent, even in its third year.
Food Rating: **** (out of 5)