Tis the Season for Tomato Dinners


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Just about every restaurant worth its salt has is celebrating local tomatoes with at least an heirloom tomato salad nowadays. But a couple of restaurants are going to the next level by creating whole menus with the tomato as the centerpiece.

Meritage is offering a special tomato tasting menu from Friday, August 28th through Friday, September 4th. The four-course dinner includes lobster with tomato conserva to a tomato sorbet with lemon biscotti.

At Jamonera, the Midtown Village Spanish restaurant is celebrating Lo Tomatina, Spain’s huge tomato throwing festival. On Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, Jamonera is offering a 10 dish, tomato tapas dinner for $45 per person. The local tomato menu will feature everything from tomato gazpacho to tomato sofrito with chorizo.

Meritage Tomato Tasting Menu

First Course

Heirloom Tomato / sea salt / olive oil

Second Course

Heirloom Tomato / saffron fettuccine / house smoked ricotta / basil

Third Course

Heirloom Tomato conserva / lobster / lima beans / vanilla


Heirloom Tomato consommé

Fourth Course

Heirloom Tomato Sorbet lemon biscotti / mint gelee

Jamonera Tomato Tapas Menu

First Course

tomato gazpacho
cucumber, chile, crab
pan con tomate
griddled bread, roasted garlic, sea salt
heirloom tomato salad
whipped feta, hand torn croutons, red onion
patatas bravas
crispy potatoes, tomato puree, chorizo

Second Course

tomato crema catalan
tomato custard, tarragon sugar, mahon crisp
grilled tomatoes
eggplant puree, watercress, watermelon
crispy mahon cheese
manzanilla tomato sauce, tarragon, mint, grilled bread

Third Course

smoked chorizo, shrimp, crushed tomatoes, aioli
secreto de cerdo
spicy tomato jam, arugula, fennel
tomato sofrito, cantimpalo chorizo, corn

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