Last night we met up with friends for dinner at Salero - a relatively new place in the west loop on Randolph. We were very pleased with the menu and as we were looking over the choices a man approached the table and said "Victoria? Phil?" and we said yes- and he said I know you from way back at Jack's on Halsted! and it was one of our friends from there named Christopher!!! we had lost touch after he had lived over Socca and worked a bit there. He is from Cincinnati like I am so we always had that connection- making him easy to remember. We asked about a couple of common acquaintances and caught up a bit over the evening. Really wonderful surprise! And so was the food!
so here we go with the menu and our choices- the appetizers - pintxos - were all very good- the specific ones we tried are excerpted from the full list-
no photos because they were just too good to wait for...LOL
oh, and we had an amontillado to start from their list- Mon and I liked it quite a bit, Phil less so...
for wines we brought a 2002 Puligny-Montrachet and Mon brought a Lopez de Heredia Gravonia- also a 2002
the starter we chose were also very good!
Beth and I had the sweetbreads and Phil had the quail and Mon the octopus- we all were very pleased!
sweetbreads above and quail below-
then we moved on to the mains and our reds- we brought a 1985 Lynch-Bages which showed well and Mon brought a Rioja which was also quite excellent...
for mains I had the pork belly YUM YUM! Mon the venison, Beth the Lubina, Phil the Zarzuela...
and not that we weren't already stuffed but we had to try some of the desserts as well- LOL
the churros above and chocolate below and then the apple dessert that was a "special" last night-
the room is elegant and soothing despite being quite starkly decorated- the wood ceiling and the candles really give it a nice ambiance-
so this one is a keeper- we will definitely be back on the spring "comeback tour"... and if I didn't make it clear - we were just so happy to see Christopher again! What a fabulous surprise!!!!