Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watts Grocery: Dinner

Last night my dive buddy and I went to Watts Grocery for dinner and to exchange Christmas gifts. He gave me a gorgeous book called Reef by a team of photographers called Scubazoo. I gave him a very useful tool, a hammer with a bottle opener, and 16 bottles of beer that I bought from Wine Authorities: Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA, Bell's Cream Stout, and Prima Pils.

Dinner was as usual very good. We didn't order starters but we did share some hushpuppies. My friend was skeptical about them but I liked them. I've never met a hushpuppy I didn't like. They were formed into balls, crisp on the outside and soft and breadlike inside. There were specks of green onion and parsley visible inside. They were served with a cilantro mayonnaise.

I had molasses chili glazed salmon with collard risotto in its pot likker. For those of you who are not from the south, pot likker is the resulting broth from cooking collards in water with onion, salt, pepper and fat back or ham hock. I know some Southerners who save the pot likker, pour it into cups and make their children drink it because it's full of nutrients that boil off the collards.

The salmon was perfectly cooked to medium. I really liked the molasses chili glaze. The sweet glaze complimented the bitterness of the greens.

My dive buddy had the pork. The portion was huge and it looked tasty. I always want to pick up a pork chop like that and gnaw on the bone, but I spared my dining companion my atavistic impulses.

We were too full to get dessert. The portions were huge. I'm glad we didn't order starters.

Our waiter was helpful. He made a good wine recommendation.


Durhamfood said...

I think it's a basil mayo with the hush puppies. At least it's been that way every time we've been there. If it's changed, well, one more reason to get our butts back there :)

Alison said...

re: dessert - I would love to go in some time just for the caramel cake!!!!! I never have enough room for dessert directly after dinner, but I thoroughly enjoy going to a restaurant just for dessert. Haven't done that in a while... must put it on my to-do list. :-)

Andy said...

My girlfriend and I went to Watts last night--and the only reason I knew it was there was because of your blog! We had the Pappardelle, which this week involved a warm cream sauce, some kind of leafy greens, and goat cheese. It was beautiful.