So why am I going on and on about my long lost Kona Bistro? Well - I went to Sonoma American & Mediterranean Grill last week in the old Kona spot on Madison Road next to Deweys.
We started with complimentary pita bread with olive oil and spices. The bread was nice - a little crispy but soft and the olive oil was very flavorful.
Nice bar though...
Eating this dish reminded me of what was one of my favorite Greek dishes back home at the Vernon Inn - Saganaki! Flaming cheese! I love cheese and the only thing to improve it would have to be flames. Anybody know of a Greek place out here that serves it?
I'm really boggled by how different tsatsiki is from place to place...such a wide variety from runny to thick from yogurty to sour creamy. I'll pass along Michael Psilakis' recipe (who I met a month ago) - figure he's written a cookbook - we'll go with his!
Krohn Conservatory - what a fun free thing to do! I love going when it's cold outside because it's HOT inside! They are all decorated for the holidays with their tree of poinsettias. And I love walking by a waterfall and seeing an orange tree when it's 25 degrees outside! If you haven't been - you should go. (It's in Mt. Adams.) We also stopped by the Art Museum to check out the wedding dresses and armor displays that are on now. Good stuff! Another free fun activity ($4 for parking) in Mt. Adams!
Why Should You Go? Although Sonoma isn't Kona (tear) - it is pretty good. I'm a big fan of Mediterranean food so I really hope it makes it. Deweys was PACKED next door but as we were there - the lunch traffic did pick up. I don't think it's as good as Cafe Mediterranean but it's much closer - so we'll be back!
Also - our service was kinda bad. The server was very slow and disappeared a couple of times. Folks that had the hostess as their server faired much better on this day. But I'll just chalk it up to her being tired. She was good - when she was around. Just slow.
PS. Thanks for voting in the "What Should I Buy Larry" poll! I love that "He doesn't need a gift, he already has you" won the vote. hahahaha