For our second stop on Wine and Dine Week, we visited Cafeteria on L. After having read the menu, it was clear that I needed to check it out. I mean, seriously? The entire menu sounded delicious, plus it included wine. And, at $36.99 a person, it’s quite a steal. Combine this with the fact that Monday is half -off-bottle-of-wine night and I certainly can’t say “no” to that kind of a deal! One of my personal faves is Kali Hart chardonnay.
I admit it, I’m a sucker for amazing tots… and this place has them! So long disgusting, overly oily and mushy high school tater tots and say hello to crunchy, perfectly seasoned tots with truffle oil, herbs, a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and a ramekin of house made ketchup, of which I’m not a fan, but who cares with tots like this! They certainly stand on their own.
For the first course, Strawberry Gazpacho with local strawberries, basil, olive oil, croutons. I’m not a big fan of gazpacho, but this was okay. I was worried it would be extremely sweet and be more like melted sorbet, but it was nicely balanced. The sweetness and flavor of the strawberries were the stars of the show, but it was offset with just enough savory to make me not dislike this gazpacho.
Also was a Panzanella Salad that was really quite delicious. It featured grilled foccacia, with tomato, cucumber, red onion, and burrata, and was dressed with a delicious basil vinaigrette. Naturally, I liked this better than the gazpacho, but it stands out excellently on its own.
Paired with these was a pinot gris from Acrobat by King Estate in Oregon.
The entrees were really good! First off… Gnocchi! It was a lovely summer dish with zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomato, arugula, and parmesan. It was a hearty portion that also served me well the next day for lunch!
The fish offering was Petrale Sole served with green beans and cherry tomato, with a lemon caper burre blanc.
Acacia “A” Pinot Noir, California OR Deusa Nai, Albarino,Spain
Dessert was amazing! Summer Berry Short Cake with lemon whipped cream, and served with a sparkling wine from Kenwood. I really loved this!
Cafeteria 15L also has a really good happy hour, so check that out!
1116 15th Street