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What I Ate: November 12, 2009 (South Congress Cafe)

Posted 12 November, 2009 at 10:53pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: After meeting with our general inspector we stopped in at Steak 'n Shake to try their hot dogs. Their hot dogs aren't as good as their burgers, but not too bad. They did look visually unappealing though. It's not really fair to compare the real thing at a low-cost chain restaurant to the picture on their menu, but it's fun to do so.

Chicago Style Steak Frank
Steak ‘n Shake - Chicago Style Steak Frank
Steak ‘n Shake - Chicago Style Steak Frank Menu Picture

Guacamole Steak Frank
Steak ‘n Shake - Guacamole Steak Frank
Steak ‘n Shake - Guacamole Steak Frank Menu Picture

I had a salad with my hot dog, but it was a bit wilted.
Steak ‘n Shake - Side Salad

I also had an orange shake.
Steak ‘n Shake - Orange Shake

Dinner: We had dinner with our friends Gary and Mary at South Congress Cafe, and they did not disappoint. We started with a pozole they had on special. It was a bit spicier than we expected, but tasted pretty decent overall. A little salt and a tad more acidity would have made it great.
South Congress Cafe - Pozole

I had the Wild Mushroom Asparagus Risotto sautéed with shitake, oyster, black trumpet and portabella mushrooms finished with white wine, shaved parmesan cheese and a fragrant white truffle oil (which I had a little of and saved the rest for later and helped Tina with her course). The truffle flavor was well-balanced - not overpowering, but present enough to bolster the mushroom flavors. The rice had just the right amount of chewiness mixed with creaminess.
South Congress Cafe - Wild Mushroom Asparagus Risotto

Tina had the Trout Almondine a pan-seared rainbow trout with lump crab meat, toasted almonds, and chipotle lime brown butter. seved with a duo of poblano and saffron rice and vegetables du jour.. This dish was delicious - the fish was perfectly cooked and devoid of any bones while the rice was excellently flavored and worked really well with the almonds and trout.
South Congress Cafe - Trout Almondine

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