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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Blind Pig

I have been to the Blind Pig in Eastlake multiple times, and I have never been disappointed. The Blind Pig is an American Bistro that uses seasonal ingredients, and is not all about the pig. It has well rounded menu that can appeal to everyone.  They also offer a tasting menu that ranges between $40 - $50 depending on what is on the menu.  On my last visit it was $50 per person.  The tasting gives you a taste of the entire menu, which can be 8-10 plates, that starts with the lighter side side and works up the heartier side of the menu.

If you visit the Blind Pig fairly regularly, like it seems I have done lately, you will notice some of the same things on the menu; however the dish will be prepared differently than the time before.  To me this so interesting from the perspective you get to see the creativity that is going on in the back of the house, and you get see the various ways a specific dish can be prepared.  

One of these dishes is Scallop Crudo.  Last nights preparation was with Asian pears, fried quinoa, and chili. The preparation was light and bright, and the fried quinoa gave it some crunch and texture.   Compared to the preparation from my last visit which was pear, buckwheat, keylime, and gochujang.  This was opposite from other preparation in where it was a little heavier and the pop was the heat of the gochujang.  Both dishes were very tasty in different ways, but always one of my favorite dishes.

Some other dishes from the tasting menu that were some of my favorites:
Kimchee Pancake, octopus and gochujang - this is something I can say I never have had before.  The pancake was crunchy, the octopus was just perfectly done with just a little bit of olive oil over it.  The gochujang just gave it that little bit of spice and flavor it needed to complete the dish.

Bavette Steak with potatoes, cauliflower, and charred eggplant. The steak is usually always on the menu, but the preparation varies. This is not a piece of meat you normally see on a menu, except maybe for steak and frites.  The steak is always prepared perfectly and always full of flavor.  If you are not going to do the tasting, then this something that is a must have.

Pork Collar Steak with corona beans, and collard greens.  I am from Oklahoma, and this dish reminds me of home.  It has a nice smoky flavor and the collard green compliment the flavor of the meat.  Both my friend and I could have done another plate or two of this dish.

If you have enough room for dessert, they only offer 2 desserts.  I always get the chocolate mousse drizzled with olive oil and topped with sea salt and spices.  It is a very rich and decadent dessert.  I never can eat the entire dessert.  However, it just tops off a fabulous tasting with just the right amount of sweetness.

So add the Blind Pig to your bucket list of places to eat, and call and make a reservation.  Otherwise you will not be eating until 9pm.  When you visit kick in for the Kitchen Booze, which will provide a tasty libation for the great kitchen staff that made you the fabulous meal.

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