13.5% Wine Bar

This hip and trendy spot is perfect when you are craving a glass of wine and some great food.  What is great is they have about 40 bottles of wine by the glass and an entire wall of bottles you can take to go or split at dinner.

We stopped in on a Thursday night and they were busy, but we found plenty of seats at the bar.  The bartender was incredibly friendly and helped us each choose a wine that we loved; I had a bold and light tannin Malbec from Argentina.

Foodwise – this place is perfect for sharing a bunch of plates.

We went with the charred squid.  The calamari is good, not Birroteca good, but way better than John Stevens.  It’s not fried – hence the charred verb on the menu.  But comes perfectly cooked – not chewy or slimy.  The chef here tops it with some lotus root and a sweet soy vinaigrette.  I liked the combo of the slightly sweet with the salty squid.

Our next small plate was a “fried” cauliflower.  It’s not deep-fried, but more of a broiled with butter and bread crumbs to give the veggie a nice golden brown and crunch crust.  They have a slight lemon garnish, which highlights all the flavor.

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Our larger plate was a gorgeous flat bread pizza.  We went with the caramelized onions, but had a difficulty choosing because they all sounded so great.  This is a crunchy, but thin crust flat bread topped with marscapone cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon.  Mmmm…. bacon.

This was not enough food for the three of us, considering, we were loving the wine.  Please try for at least two plates for the group for each round of glasses.

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