I’ve been meaning to post these photos from a not-so-recent dining excursion that began at the Park 75 bar/lounge. We brought some wine and sampled a few of the bar bites after work amongst the happy hour, cougar, and traveling hipster band crowd. The latter being that particular brand of troubadour that makes a significant effort to dress like complete shit, with matted, unwashed hair, but stays at the Four Seasons while on tour.
The lobster corn dogs at Park 75 are definitely worth a sample or two.
At this date they were featuring cheap sliders. From 5-7PM they were $1 each.
I brought this bottle of ’07 Drouhin Clos des Mouches. It wasn’t cheap, and it’s still young, but damn it was nice. Viscous, rich color, great acidity, flinty, lip-smacking fruit, everything I like in Chardonnay. $80 at Ansley Wine Merchants.
After a while we packed up the traveling circus and headed to Eugene for some small bites! A friend’s octopus dish is pictured below. Tons of squid ink on the plate. Pretty though. The sesame crisp on top is the same one they layer on top of the trout tartare, which I find overpowers the flavors of the fish in both instances.
My agnolotti with string beans, mushrooms, and corn. I really liked this soulfully prepared smattering of textures and home-style flavors. The mushrooms were fantastic.
In general I find many of the dishes at Eugene to be hit or miss, as was the case this night when my lamb tasting was a bit of a disappointment. Quite a few pieces were bland with little discernible lamb taste, or had the unappealing texture of an excessively dry and chewy pot roast. My two dishes weren’t expensive though, and after the food at Park 75, I was full from these two small plates.
Service at Eugene was excellent, as always.