Second Course at Zola during Restaurant Week in Washington, DC
Balsamic Skirt Steak (Balsamic Crust, Blue Cheese, Potato Croutons, Wild Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions), Parmesan Pasta Salad, Kumato Tomato Salad, and a Chocolate Cupcake with Butter Cream Frosting
I thought it was pretty cool that this “Business Lunch” combination is regularly priced at $20, so we scored a starter and a dessert for 11 cents. Pretty sweet bargain.
I loved everything about this “TV dinner tray” when it arrived at our table. The pasta salad was similar to Miller’s Chicken (my favorite) and the tomatoes were dressed in balsamic (another one of my favorite tastes), which paired awesomely with the Skirt Steak. And the steak. Wow. The onions and mushrooms were complex and almost earthy, and the steak was extremely tender. I definitely didn’t expect it to be that good, but it was. And to top it off, a little cupcake.
I would have been satisfied if that counted as the dessert course; but when our waiter handed us the menu with the day’s after-lunch offerings, I couldn’t help but order a modern twist on one of America’s oldest desserts.