Dine Originals Week in review

November 19, 2012

Dine Originals Week has wrapped up! Did anyone make any good discoveries? We managed to try three places, which is saying something considering our busy schedules and the kids! For one of the first nights, we hit up our family-favorite Katalina’s Cafe Corner. There we were able to try both their lunch and dinner specialties. The lunch item was a nice, fresh fall salad. It was loaded with figs, baby onions, cheese, and roasted acorn squash. Like a big, leafy pile of autumn.

We also split their dinner special: a skirt steak with skillet potatoes and a side of the fall salad. The steak was medium rare and sliced into thin strips. While it was a little chewy, the crust was packed with flavor: smokey, sweet, spicy all at once. Nice crispy side potatoes, again with a little bit of heat, plus a helping of the salad on the side. For dessert we devoured their pumpkin custard in seconds. I wasn’t even quick enough to get a picture.

Later in the week we visited Katzinger’s Deli to try their special. It’s been too long since we last visited, and we were in the mood for some reuben sandwiches, so we ordered their corned beef and turkey reubens. Both were quite good – the meats and sauces were spot-on, although the bread was a little hard. They came with different sides, both decent but not notable: a roasted squash soup and potato salad. They tossed in some chocolate chunk cookies, too.

Our last visit was a Friday morning breakfast at Pistacia Vera. I’ve had Pistacia Vera’s baked goods many times before, but never had the pleasure of sitting down to one of their delightful breakfasts. My wife ordered their DO Week special of a thick slice of mushroom quiche with a side salad and a cup of coffee. The quiche was big and moist and loaded with mushrooms – really superb. I ordered their baked eggs, but you’ll just have to wait to read more about those!

What about you? Did you try any new places last week?

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