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Just One Dish: Spanish Chorizo Downtown

Where: 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Ste. 155 [map], 89104
September 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.

A stop at downtown's Bar + Bistro earlier this year impressed us with artsy touches but its flavors fell pretty flat. Perhaps in a forgiving mood or maybe just gluttons for punishment, we revisited recently for the hangover brunch we'd heard plenty about.

Like the previous visit, our party was impressed with the vibe inside Bar + Bistro. The atmosphere was a welcoming cozy little hideaway that surrounded us with art. Service was impressively friendly. The moment we stepped inside the door no fewer than three employees greeted the group during our short wait.

Unfortunately, the remainder of our visit was similar to the last: a roundtable of bland flavors that left the table debating more about which piece of wall art was our favorite over any specific dish.

If we had to pick Just One Dish from the visit, the Spanish chorizo ($11) is pretty representative of our lasting impression. While not technically part of the hangover brunch menu, the potatoes drowned in a spicy tomato sauce topped with egg over easy could very well float between it and the tapas offerings.

Anticipating an explosion of spicy and smoky flavors, the Spanish chorizo was neither spicy, smoky, or tasty. A rather raw bed of potatoes blanketed with the egg, tomato sauce, and small bits of chorizo formed a rather bland, confusing palete of flavors -- in line with pretty much every other forkful on the day.

Much like our last stop, while our table left disappointed we were again rather excited at the prospect of the monthly pig roast next scheduled for this Friday evening. That gets started at 5:30 p.m. with the pig plated around 8 p.m.

If you'd like to give the weekend Hangover Brunch a shot yourself, it's offered Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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I love to eat in out setups