I had a great response to readers signing up to eat with me next week. I wanted it to be as fair as possible, so with all the names in a hat, one of my coworkers selected Rick P. to join me. I will let him know where we will be eating as soon as the voting this week is up. Thank you to all of my readers and to those of you who entered.
In the middle of the 1300 block of State St. is Calamari’s Squid Row. In business since 1995, this is one of the most popular bar/restaurant combos in town. With the weather cooperating for a bit, Amanda and I took the opportunity to eat outside on the deck. We grabbed a table and our server, Kim, gave us some menus and drinks. I have eaten at Calamari’s numerous times so I wanted to try something new. I was trying to decide between the Filet Croissant and the Filet and Portabella wrap. I asked Kim what she recommended and she told me the Filet Croissant. She told me that some people have said the filet wrap gets a little too messy. I really wanted the portabellas on the sandwich, though, so I had her put them on the croissant. Amanda ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu wrap which sounded awesome.
The food came out quick. My Filet Croissant was four tenderloin medallions cooked to order (mine were medium rare) topped with portabella mushrooms and provolone cheese. Together, everything was delicious. The buttery and flaky croissant went perfect with the saltiness of the cheese and the juices from the steak. The steak did seem to be missing something, though. It seemed like there was no seasoning on the meat at all. I added my own salt and pepper, but it still didn’t seem to be enough. Steak sauce gave me the bite I was looking for and I think if I ordered it again, I would ask to maybe get a little char on the outside of the tenderloin.
Amanda’s wrap was awesome. Thin sliced ham and Swiss cheese was wrapped around chicken tenders, lettuce, tomato and an incredible horseradish mustard sauce. The crispness of the breading on the chicken combined with the horsey mustard sauce was so good. The cheese melted perfectly with the ham and really let all of the flavors marry. Even this wrap got a little messy with the sauces making the actual wrap a little soft, but it was still fantastic.
This meal only cost us $19.07 before tip. The food and the service really made it worth it. Thank you, Kim, for the recommendation and the great service. I will be back for sure.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food