Green Street Tavern
This year my brother and I were discussing where to eat; his idea was The Melting Pot. I ate there once years ago and thought it was good but no more fun than eating Trader Joe's "Swiss Beer Fondue" at home. Then I got an email from Green Street Tavern. Every Wednesday night they pair dinner and a glass of wine - something they have chosen to complement the food. This week's was "Ribeye Steak & Tomaresca Neprica" for $21. I immediately knew that's where we were going.
My mom started by ordering a small bottle of champagne, her anniversary tradition, while my dad, brother, Elizabeth and I split a bottle of Campo Viejo Tempranillo.
Over the last few years we have changed the restaurants we eat at for this anniversay dinner (last year was Chop House, two years ago was Yujean Kang's, three years ago was Gale's, etc...) but I have a hunch we will be returning here next year.
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Elizabeth loved the carnitas, and she echoed my thoughts: "If I'd have known how good fried pork is, I would have been eating it all this time."
So we waited a few more minutes and got our order: he had thrown in quite a few extra wings, I assume as an apology for making me wait so long. (Although the thought did occur to me that maybe he also gave me the wings he had dropped on the ground.) The wings were delicious, as always, although we had to do a couple errands after we ate and the leftover wings perfumed the car for the next 24 hours.
(BTW, when asked what kind of sauce I wanted to accompany my nuggets, I had replied "hot mustard," as I always do at McDonald's. But the girl gave me honey mustard, which I had never tried before. It turns out McDonald's honey mustard is actually quite tasty.)
My brother came over on Sunday (with his truck) to help us get a Christmas tree. I offered to buy him lunch at Golden China as a thank you. I have written about Golden China several times; I have never had a bad meal there. This turned out to be quite an exception.
My brother did not want the egg flower soup or hot & sour soup that are served with the lunch specials. He asked if he could have wonton soup instead and was told no. He said he would like to order a side of wonton soup in addition to his lunch special. And the waiter had to pause and think about that before saying yes. At any rate, my brother said the soup was completely bland.
My brother ordered the sliced BBQ pork with broccoli. He ate the whole thing and said it was perfectly acceptable but that he could think of quite a few places cheaper and better.
My egg roll was good as always, but the fried rice was bland and the salad hardly had any dressing on it.
Elizabeth got the pepper steak. As usually happens with her, this was the best dish of the meal. I ate several pieces.
I got the orange chicken. I hardly ever order orange chicken anywhere, but I knew there was already going to be steak and pork on the table so I figured poultry would be a good choice. It was perhaps the worst orange chicken I have ever had - sickeningly sweet sauce, overcooked chicken, no crispiness to the batter. I will never order this again at Golden China.
"Sorry this wasn't a better lunch," I said to my brother. "It's usually much better than this."
"Yeah, I'm kind of wishing I hadn't agreed to help you," he said. (He was joking. I think.)
I ate a couple other meals this weekend, but we'll get around to those later. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.