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Distrito: Better than Tinto?

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t says: I had the great fortune of going to Distrito yesterday.  I had even greater fortune in that because the meal was for work, it was being picked up by my boss.  While I cannot reveal the nature of the business taking place (makes it sound mysterious, right?), I can reveal that the five of us were given free reign to order whatever we wanted.  That, my friends, is a recipe for disaster … a good kind of disaster …

6/2010, 7pm, Party of 5. When we arrived, we were informed that our table was being cleared.  Not more than 2 minutes later, we were escorted upstairs by a hostess and shown our seats.  We were in one of those circular booths along the wall on the upper floor.  On the way I noted that even though I knew the inside of this place was pink, I apparently forgot just how pink it was.  Yea – it’s pretty pink in there!

Because it was the first time at Distrito for some of the members of our party, we listened to the server’s spiel; she recommended 2-3 plates per person.  That sounded like not enough food, but we listened to her instructions and everyone picked out 2-3 plates, and I ordered some guacamole and the vegetarian nachos for the table (someone else ordered that as one of their dishes, so we got two).

I’ll talk about the food in a second – first let me talk about this drink: “honeysuckle”.  This drink is not a very manly drink.  The name isn’t manly.  The ingredients aren’t manly (Bluecoat gin, muddled mint, lime, and honey).  The taste isn’t manly.  But manliness be damned – it was so good.  I’m not sure if it was my sweet tooth or if it was because I had a rough day at work – but that drink was delicious.  The sweet, rich honey was livened up by the mint and lime and citrus flavors of the gin.  I didn’t get any of the burn from the gin, either.  This made me suspect that perhaps there was very little alcohol in the drink.  My suspicion was wrong.  When I stood up at the conclusion of the meal, I found that this drink was kind of like sake … the alcohol sneaks up on you like a ninja.

Now, we had a lot of dishes of food on the table.  It’d be incredibly boring to describe them all.  The highlights were the nachos (trust me – these aren’t just “nachos”), the queso fondido (who can say no to cheese and meat?), the ceviches (we had the hiramasa and the lobster – Garces makes great ceviches), and, from what I could see, the kobe beef tacos (I didn’t have any – but they looked amazing).  The surprise awesomest dish award of the evening goes to … the steamed corn!  That’s right – steamed corn.  You know – I can’t explain it – but just go there and order it yourself, and, as you dive into the warm parfait cup, mixing the layers of corn and some sort of orange-colored cream, I dare you to try and tell me that you’ve had better corn at a restaurant.  Also – because you don’t have to eat it off the cob – no corn in your teeth!

Unfortunately, there were a few misses.  The shrimp ceviche wasn’t as bright and lively as the other two – it was muddled in a tomato-based sauce that, even though it was layered above a puree of avocado, took over the palate completely – maybe some lime and cilantro would have helped (or using slices of tomatoes instead of a puree).  The carnitas taco was also a disappointment, as the meat was a little dry, under-seasoned, and lacking the porky punch I was desiring.  Of course, we had a lot of other dishes that I can’t currently remember, and they were all at the very least a notch above “good” – I only remember the highs and lows.

In the end, we actually had to reduce the number of Kobe tacos from two to one, because we were just too full – I give mad props to the waitress for letting us do that (she could have said, “I’m sorry, the chef had already made it … here it is”).  Unfortunately, I take away the mad props because the person who came to clear our tables gave me only half of the leftovers to take home.  Had I been paying for the meal, I would have felt extraordinarily robbed!  At least he didn’t give me the carnitas tacos – that would have been a double-whammy.

So what was the disaster? … I was so full that the walk home was fairly uncomfortable.  But it wasn’t all that bad, as the  happiness courtesy of the honeysuckle allowed me to travel care-free!  The flavors in most of the dishes were bold and inviting – so much so that I feel that Distrito’s food has surpassed Tinto’s.  I believe that it is now the new #2 – just under Amada.  And, you know what, the pink is growing on me …

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8 June 2010 at 6:53pm

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  1. rch says: You should try it for lunch! We went with k and cm one time in a blizzard, and you get the same stuff but much cheaper. We were all stuffed and happy. Highly recommended. By the way, is it you guys who romantically defaced the new sidewalks by our mutual home? We think of you every time we pass it.


    9 June 2010 at 10:03am

    • t says: We’re all down for cheaper – so that sounds great. cm’s been mentioning it numerous times, but it’s just too hard to go to during the day. If only we could get them to move even closer to my workplace so I could stop in for a quick pick-me-up for lunch.

      We have seen the numerous “G+T” on the Chestnut Street bridge. Neither of us did it! Had we done it, then the messages would read: “g+t”. But, this is way better. We get all of the “coolness” of having our initials on the bridge (even if they are wrongfully capitalized), without any of the guilt or penalty. I like the one in the heart – it reminds me of having our names carved on a tree … Now if only we could fill in all of the other “works of art” that were put on the bridge …


      9 June 2010 at 10:13am

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