Tuesday, April 5, 2011
But our most common routine was that he would get Mediterranean food from Moishe's and I would get shrimp from Tusquellas, both right next to each other, and we would sit at one of the round tables in the courtyard and eat. I've been to the Farmers Market a few times in the years since then, even writing about The Gumbo Pot last fall, but I had not eaten at Tusquellas in more than eight years.
On Sunday, my favorite blogger was looking for a particular beauty product so we went over to the Grove. It was overcast and cool when we left Pasadena; half an hour later in Mid-City it was 80 degrees and sunny. Perfect for grabbing lunch at the Farmers Market. We walked through the whole thing, seeing if anything called out to us. We both decided seafood sounded good.
The fries were great, too - thick, very hot fingers of potato with slight spicing. Usually I'm disappointed with the fries that accompany fish/shrimp & chips (well, usually I'm disappointed with almost all fries) but these were an exception to that.
The cole slaw was outstanding, though. It was creamy but not too sweet or soggy, just a coating of dressing to hold it together. It was the best cole slaw I have had in months.
It was fun to eat at Tusquellas again, but I don't feel any big need to make an effort to return. Our two plates, together with iced teas, cost $21, a reasonable amount for two freshly cooked seafood lunches. But lots of Tusquellas entrees are much more expensive than I remember, some creeping up towards twenty dollars each. This meal was worth what we paid for it, but those $15-$20 entrees would have to be a lot better than what we had to justify the cost.
I would certainly be willing to return to Tusquellas, but should I ever get back in the habit of making the Farmers Market a usual dining destination (which isn't likely), I think The Gumbo Pot or Loteria Grill will be my go-to place.
Posted by JustinM at 11:00 AM