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Monday, January 25, 2010

Headed for Lunacy, we ended up with Sweeney

roman cauliflower

We set out Saturday night to eat at Paul Luna's new restaurant, Lunacy Black Market, and were disappointed to find it closed for the evening. Having tuned ourself up for one remarkable chef's quirky restaurant, we headed to another, David Sweeney's Dynamic Dish, which we hadn't visited in a month or longer.

It was pizza night at the restaurant, as it is every Saturday night, but the best dishes we sampled were these vegetarian ones. I ordered Roman cauliflower (top photo), which looks a bit like an exotic cactus from Mars. Sweeney served it with EVOO and a perfect foil of  finely chopped almonds and a bit of nutmeg.

We also ordered this plate of kohlrabi. The crisp, slightly sweet kohlrabi was layered with creamy chevre and bits of toasted walnuts -- another composition of complimentary textures and tastes.

My pizza was a rare meat one, featuring local bacon, along with onions and fennel. I  have to say the pizza really did not measure up to the vegetable dishes. The bacon was diced so small that its flavor was all but lost.

Sweeney reports that he's not expecting to be able to expand into the adjoining space before the end of the year. That's a bummer, because the restaurant is frequently full. One often ends up, as we did, dining at a table with strangers. This is usually a good experience. Saturday night, Wayne (pro) and I (con) gave a woman advice about her plan to visit Turkey. I quite obviously lost the argument.

(Photos by Cliff Bostock)

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