Friday, February 19, 2010
Marmalade Cafe, Tustin
Any seafood lovers out there?
A couple of weekends ago we had a hard time finding a place to eat. Weird right? The area we were in was mostly huge chain restaurants, or maybe we were feeling indecisive. We chose a restaurant from a magazine we wanted to try, drove 20 minutes to find its dinner only. I could tell B was getting antsy. I thought of another restaurant and remembered that years before in San Juan Capistrano I had been there and they served their bloody marys with crab claws in them!
B was sold. We drove 15 minutes to get there.
Only apparently this wasn't the same restaurant chain. Apparently I had no idea what I was talking about. Apparently there were no luscious crab claw bloody marys. I squirmed uncomfortably in my seat and started throwing out suggestions of things he'd like.
Thankfully Marmalade Cafe had a big selection. We started with the Chardonnay steamed New Zealand Mussels (hey, those look familiar) and Manila Clams. Actually B ate the mussels and I ate the cheese bread dipped in the chardonnay lemon garlic broth.
One can never have too much cheese covered bread dipped in broth so I went with a cup of french onion soup as well.
This leads me to a very unfortunate memory of a vegetarian friend who never knew her favorite soup was made of....BEEF stock. I just don't think it would be the same with vegetable stock, although I've never tried it.
I had crab on the brain. I love crab. Its my most favoritest seafood. I think.
This is the roasted beet salad with crumbled blue cheese, fresh tomatoes, candied walnuts with a lemon champagne vinaigrete. They have lots of options to have added to your salad. Things like chicken, top sirloin, salmon, seared ahi, shrimp, etc.
King crab, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
For the record this is not a seafood specific restaurant, Marmalade Cafe offers a wide range of choices. However, they aren't inexpensive. I think when it comes to dinner the prices are fine.
B really enjoyed the BLTA with sweet potato fries and aoili for dipping. I secretly hoped he would get the Reuben but you know, I didn't want to push it and tell him what to get.
You must tread softly when you drag a man all over Orange County looking at estate sales all morning (did I forget to mention that?) and then spend 30 minutes looking for a restaurant that doesn't exist.
Once settled in we had a great lunch. But now I want a Reuben. What is your favorite sandwich?