Little hole in the wall place with dark brown walls, and the only view is Main Street, or a parking lot in the back. You don't go for the ambiance - you go for the food.
I've gone for lunch with a friend three times in the last few weeks, and we're on senior budgets. I think we aim to try everything on the menu, one thing at a time.
First time, I got the shrimp burger. What? Who puts shrimp on a burger? It was amazing. He calls it a slider, but it's a full four ounces of middle-sized shrimp, with awesome flavors (he mixes his own herb/spice flavorings), somehow held together with an almost undetectable binder - like a good crab cake. Actually Chef Tom says he used to call it a shrimp cake.
It was crispy on the outside, juicy all the way through. Served on a delicate, delicious dinner roll, with a little Romaine, a decent sliver of red onion, and a perfect slice of tomato, red and juicy, that was the exact size of the burger and bun...no empty-bread overhang or tomato-less bites. Picture perfect. It cost $7. It was filling. If you're a big guy, get two. I ordered a side of mashed potatoes, thinking "slider" sounded pretty small. It's not. But the potatoes were so delicious, I was glad I got them too. I'll post more reviews as I try new items on Chef Tom's menu.
Warning: he's closed on weekends, and lunch ends at 3 p.m., with a wonderful tapas menu till 6 p.m. He says local people are lined up out the door during the lunch hour each day - we've gone after the rush. It's so wonderful to eat food cooked by someone who loves to cook for people, loves creating new dishes, and keeps his prices affordable for us local folks. I hope he stays healthy and cooking for many years to come.
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