As promised, I returned to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace soon after my inaugural Saturday lunch visit so that I could give a few of the mouth-watering brunch items a try. Not surprisingly, brunch did not disappoint and only left me looking forward to another Sunday when I will be able to sample other items on the brunch menu.
It will be hard to not reorder the angels on horseback, which tasted even better than “grilled bacon-wrapped oysters, vin blanc, vinegar” sounds.
The Texas gulf shrimp remoulade was perfectly dressed and paired with charred romaine and Texas Toast.
I love everything about SUNdeVICH.
I love that it’s located in an alley (off 9th Street, between N and O Streets) in the Shaw neighborhood. I love that it is a converted garage. I love the attention to detail in every nook of the space. I love the handwritten menu boards. I love that its owners live in the neighborhood. I love its commitment to local ingredients and green practices.
Oh, and I love the sandwiches.
SUNdeVICH offers global-inspired sandwiches with BOLD flavors on a distinctly crusty baguette. So far, my favorite is the Kinsgton — Jamaican jerk chicken, pineapple salsa, greens, slaw, and garlic mayo. The spicy jerk spices are perfectly balanced with the sweet salsa and garlicky mayo. The Saigon is milder but also a flavorful and solid choice. The steak in the Buenos Aires is mouthwatering.
I may have to tote my SLR with me on another visit for higher quality photos to do the sandwiches justice, but for now, the iPhone camera pics offer a preview:
Now that I’ve opened the floodgates on scallops, it is quickly becoming an all-around favorite. Since the retirement of my dear sweet corn angnolotti, I’ve been on the hunt for a new seasonal favorite at Graffiato (other than zeppoles because I can’t eat dessert for dinner on a regular basis!). I enjoyed the duck cannoli special earlier in the fall, but I think the scallops with sunchoke, “citrus,” and almonds takes the cake. The pork belly with cannellini beans and ham (photo not shown because it was in my belly before said photo could be taken) is also a strong contender. On this particular visit, I also had my first taste of wild boar:
Admittedly, I sometimes forget about AGAINN as a dining option, but I’m not sure why. However, it always makes the list when bestie C is in town because she is a treehugger who only eats free-range meat and sustainable seafood (and veggies, of course). AGAINN, a British isle “contemporary gastropub,” fits the bill by using sustainable seafoods, organic meats, and sourcing from local farms. Equally important, its modern takes on pub fare are simple but outstanding.
The last time C was in town, we went for dinner, and this time we went for lunch. C ordered the special lamb burger (which she definitely cannot order up in Hawaii), I opted for the fish burger, and we started with the crispy brussels sprouts with curry mayo. And because we answered affirmatively when asked if we had been to AGAINN before, we received a special treat from the pastry chef with our check–mini oatmeal cookies with a cream cheese-esque frosting (I don’t remember exactly what kind of frosting, but it was deeelicious!).