The boneless and skinless chicken breast from Blue Collar. I ordered a side of curried cauliflower (seriously good if you’re not intimidated by burping curry for the next two hours or on a date) and the kale (just downright amazing).
This meal had me eating my words after cursing this place for so many months after a first shitty experience.
So after hearing so many people rave about Blue Collar, Gastrodamus and I decided to give it a second shot. The first time we went was its opening weekend and it was unarguably HORRENDOUS! My fish was bone dry and Gastrodamus’ burger tasted like Styrofoam. Oh and for some mysterious reason he ended up in the hospital as soon as we paid our bill. HA!
I’ll give it up to the upsets and hectic craziness of opening weekends because our second chance was quite good. We ordered the mac n’ cheese since everyone on foursquare couldn’t say enough about it. Not bad, but I still prefer my friend’s grandma’s southern recipe.
Caprese salad from José Andrés’ The Bazaar.
The best way to describe this dish is simply fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously even though it toys with molecular gastronomy. The mozzarella balls are little globular cheesy mouthfuls, the tomatoes are concentrated and acidic, the pesto is perfectly balanced with garlic and basil, and the itty bitty croutons give it enough crunch to seduce you for another bite.
Bone marrow with Caribbean white truffles (heart of palm?), Florida citrus & capers from The Bazaar. I’m usually a purist when it comes to bone marrow, you give me some toast points, a tiny spork and some kosher salt and I’m a happy camper. This was something altogether different, where your palette is bounced back and forth between the perfectly unctuous bone marrow and the sweet acidic oranges all the while being supplied that ever so necessary salt component by the capers. YOU MUST HAVE THIS!
Hogfish with sundried tomatoes, capers and lemon butter with a side of sunchoke mash from Altamare.
I’ve never had hogfish, it was quite tender and delicate in flavor, really hit that seafood craving I had. I’m always amazed when I have good food and good service on Lincoln Road. Guess that’s just the burden of living in a touristy spot.