April 16, 2009
We often eat at food palaces, places with multi-course tasting menus and pages-long wine lists. And that can be loads of fun.
But sometimes we just want to roll up our sleeves, stroll outside our condominium building without a reservation or a definite restaurant in mind, and end up wherever our hearts (and stomachs) lead us.
Which is just what happened one evening as we headed up First Avenue and took a quick detour up to Second. It was early for us (5:30), especially early for a Saturday night and we were delighted to see that Txori, the sister restaurant to Harvest Vine, had a table or two available.
We quickly ordered a handful of appetizers, including the three shown above: Stuffed Squid in Its Ink; Clams with White Beans, Garlic, and Parsley; and Braised Chicken with a Piquillo Pepper and Button Mushroom.
Several glasses of wine, ranging from a Brut Rosé Cava (dry and good!) to Fuente del Conde 2006 Rosé to Protos Roble 2006 Ribera del Duero, paired perfectly with the savory food. And our sweet tooths were sated with a mini slice of cheescake–just two bites apiece–and perfect!