Going out to eat is important to me, specifically to try new dishes I wouldn’t normally make at home. I’ll very rarely order something like chicken or pasta out, just because I know I can make it myself at home for a fraction of the cost.
Instead, I like to be adventurous at restaurants. I’ll try anything once, and thankfully I was born with a stomach of steel and a voracious appetite to boot.
Squid ink pasta with grilled octopus? I’m down.
Pork belly sliders with sweet tea barbecue sauce? Serve it up.
Louisiana hot oysters? Yes, please.
All this is leading me to tell you that last night’s dinner was a meal to remember.
It was getting a little out of hand.
When we were there on Sunday, they told us that on Thursday they have one dollar oysters and live music. Sounds like a win, right?
Except for the fact that in my past life, I’ve never really “done” oysters. I know I mentioned this before, but they’ve always reminded me of snot from the sea…or jello from the sea, your pick. I hated how cold they were and how they tasted like dirty salt water as they slid down your throat.
But that being said, this place was known for their oysters, so I figured I better buck up and try again. I mean if you’re ever going to eat oysters, a small funky saloon on the Northern California coast is the place to do it.
So we sat down. Opened up a delicious bottle of wine that I had brought from home and ordered up a dozen to start….a few with garlic butter, a couple baked with bacon and roasted garlic, some Louisiana hots and two totally raw with a lemon-honey-mustard vinegarette.
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant when the oysters arrived. But I fearlessly took a long sip of Sauvignon Blanc and then slurped back the first….a Louisiana Hot.
All at once, an explosion of flavors took place in my mouth. The oyster wasn’t cold; it was warm, and swimming in a buttery sea of hot sauce and lemon. As it slid down the back of my throat, I smiled, raised my tiny oyster fork in the air, and declared it to be “the foodie’s buffalo wing”.
And then we ordered half a dozen more.
And drank lots of wine. And ate piping hot jalapeno corn muffins that had only come out of the oven three minutes before.
I went on to order pan seared salmon with mango-jalapeno salsa, jasmine rice and the best green beans I’ve ever eaten at a restaurant. I think they must have rolled them in garlic butter and they rocked my world in a way that no green bean has ever done before.
Later, as Almanzo drove us home, I complained that I felt like there was “a sea of wine in my stomach with angry salmon trying to eat oysters” but it was well worth it. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice your personal comfort and well being for new foodie adventures….and I’m okay with that.
I got home, climbed into bed and feel wonderful today. Ready for another dozen!