$35 for three courses sounds like a helluva deal. And that’s what Restaurant Week is built around. But say you want to go somewhere awesome without having to deal with the crowds, the restrictions and the stressed-out wait staffs that are also a part of Restaurant Week. Is that possible?
If you happen to find yourself at The Mildred, Mike Santoro‘s Bella Vista homage to cast-iron cooking, it is almost possible. I mean really, really kinda nearly possible. Like maybe if you borrowed a couple bucks or found a five-spot in your pocket that you forgot was there–then you could totally do it. And here’s how…
First, hit twice on the small plates menu.
Ricotta Gnudi $11
Marinated beets, hazelnut, Banyuls sabayon
Confit Potato with Pig Trotter $12
Watercress salad, grain mustard
Then make up a little ground by getting one of the share plates all for yourself.
Lobster and Cauliflower Gratinee $16
Pecorino and taragon
That will run you $39 which, yes, completely blows the challenge. But if you wanted to bring that down a couple bucks, replace the gratinee with the sweet potato tortellini with broccoli rabe and pickled date jus for $14 and you’ll be out the door for only $37. And seriously, I’m pretty sure you can find enough change to make up the $2 difference dinner at The Mildred and three courses at The Melting Pot between the cushions of your couch.
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