That omission on our part was corrected last night as we graced the Stakeout with our presence in time for our 4:30 reservation. I had tried for a later time, but those slots were taken. Stakeout does a heck of a business and if you want later reservations you best be booking well in advance. We were guided to a circular four top booth that was comfy and cozy.
A charming young lady approached our table with menus for food and adult beverages. Keleigh (pronounced like Kelly) seemed truly pleased that we had decided to dine at the Stakeout and graciously welcomed us when she discovered that we were first-timers.
I requested a split of Zonin Prosecco for my bride and I to share as we looked over the menu. Pouring the bubbly, Keleigh inquired if an appetizer would be in our future. Heavens to Murgatroid, a thousand times yes! My bride had seen a octopus and pork belly appetizer on the on-line menu, and there it was on the menu in my hands. Octopus and pork belly, two of my favorite foods - I must have this Pacific Rim delight.
The slab of perfectly prepared belly rested on a most tender octopus arm (octopus have arms, squid have tentacles). Both were exploding with flavor and were accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes and frisée. The sauces added a touch of piquancy that really wasn't required since the pork and octopus were exquisite on their own.
I need to change the subject before I lick the computer screen. Seriously, that Pacific Rim appetizer was that good. You wanna know something else that is good? On Wednesday it's 50% Off All Bottles on the Wine List, 20% Off Reserve List. We jumped on that deal and got a bottle of California Russian River Valley La Crema that normally sells for $59 and we paid $29.50.
Next up on the food agenda were the included Caesar Salads with crunchy strips of tortillas. While the salads were good, there was nothing traditionally Caesar about them. But I wasn't there for the lettuce anyway, so bring on the meat.
So, did the Delmonico live up to that description? Hell to the yes it did! That was one of the better steaks I have enjoyed in awhile. The potatoes with a topping of caramelized onions were creamy, and the sweet and sour from the star fruit and squash played well together.
I am not a dessert person, but I have to admit I helped my bride a bit in finishing this sweet treat.