The dinner menu at Bottle Cap sounds great: grilled cheese and tomato soup! Periogies! Cheesy shells! Burgers! The desserts are even better sounding, and I wanted them all. But I was there just for drinks ... and whatever appetizers came our way.
The bar food menu sounded good too: sweet potato fries! Papas bravas! Seared scallops! Pizza bread! Unfortunately, we didn't get any of that. How they managed to choose to serve only the dishes I'd never order I don't know. I didn't really like any of the food, but, as I said, it wasn't items I would pick myself.
The service was good, the bar was cozy and neighborhood-feeling, and I'd consider going back, but I certainly would not order any of this again.
|Tombo Tuna Poke: scallions, seaweed, red salt, sesame, taro chips, soy. $8.|
Not bad, but not standout. My favorite of the bar snacks. But really, I would have loved to just have a bowl of the taro chips!
|B.L.T. Bites: pork belly, sweet gems lettuce, roma tomato, aioli, sourdough.|
I liked this far more than I expected to. I've really only liked pork belly twice in my life, once at Chez TJ as part of an incredible meal, and once at Alexander's Steakhouse, where I first learned that I could like pork belly. This pork belly didn't measure up to those preparations, it was a little tough and stringy, but had good flavor.
It was served as the "bacon" in a B.L.T., with a very flavorful slice of roma tomato, some shredded lettuce, and a generous helping of creamy aioli, all on top of a sourdough crostini. You know how much I dislike sourdough, but it wasn't very sour, so it didn't bother me much.
Overall I didn't care for this much, but the tomato and aoili were both very good components, making it my second pick of the night. I would gladly have eaten it without the pork belly at all!
|BBQ Pulled Pork and Slaw Sliders.|
Overall, fairly generic, but not bad. 3rd pick of the night.
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Fried Chicken Thighs with Dill Yogurt Sauce. $6.
I've been really down on chicken lately. I just haven't really liked any chicken I've tried. Not that I ever loved chicken, but I used to at least tolerate it, particularly white meat. So when chicken thighs came out, I passed on the first order. Everyone seemed to love them though. I tried the accompanying celery sticks in the dill yogurt, and liked the yogurt quite a bit, it had an incredibly strong drill flavor, but I wasn't tempted by the chicken. Then another order came out, fresh out of the frier, piping hot. Everyone around me devoured them again, commenting on how good they were. So, I had to try them.
They had a very thick breading on them, incredibly crispy, slightly salty, very well done. I'm not a huge fried chicken fan, but this was really well executed. The chicken inside was moist. But ... it was chicken. And it was thigh meat, which I rarely like. So not something I liked, but I appreciated that it was well done for fried chicken. Least favorite of the night.