With pomegranate and chickpeas, served with rice pilav. Mesibah menu $53 per person
Zahav, Philadelphia PA
OMG, this was probably the best lamb I’ve ever tasted – no joke!! It was so tender and full of flavor, and it just melted in your mouth. I looked on their website recently and they no longer have the lamb on their menu which is a damn shame because this was the best thing ever! I’m just glad I had the chance to try it before they moved on. Lordy, I can almost taste it in my mouth if I think hard enough – it was that good!!! I took the leftovers home, and I swear it tasted just as good the next day. 🙂
Trout potato adobo, carnitas, grilled lamb. Each $3.50
Tacos Cala, San Francisco CA
I just love the tacos at Cala. They’re always so tasty and such great quality. Of these three, I especially liked the trout and potato adobo. It was a nice change from your typical taco fillings. I also love the salsas that they have. I could eat these all day!
Pureed celery root, shaved celery, celery powder. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD
Celery three ways – what?! Very creative. Maybe I’m just not a celery person, but I didn’t care much for the puree. Also, so much celery kinda overwhelmed me after a while. I also wasn’t a big fan of the lamb. It was kinda squishy(?) and difficult to cut through. I would say that it was tender, but it wasn’t that – it had an odd texture that didn’t appeal to me.
Red wine onions, arugula, goat cheese, aioli, pickle, brioche bun. Served with portabello mushroom soup. $21
Barking Frog, Woodinville WA
This was a pretty heavy and rich burger, but I liked the combination of flavors. The lamb patty wasn’t too strong and it had a nice sear on the outside. The soup, also very heavy, was a tasty accompaniment.
Lengua, skirt steak, and spicy lamb served on corn tortilla, onions, cilantro, lime. Each $3
Senor Ramon Taqueria, Sterling VA
This place serves food at Crooked Run Brewing, and the tacos were pretty good. They were simple and the meats had enough flavor. I’m kinda biased from all the Mexican food in the Mission in San Francisco, but these were decent.
Slowed cooked cabbage. RW Deal, $35 per person
Ambar, Washington DC
This was a very hearty option on the menu. The lamb was tender and tasted good. Don’t know if I’d order this again though because it was almost too big for a meal of sharing small plates.
Marinated with Mediterranean herbs and spices, kale, Rancho Gordo cassoulet beans, basil-mint chimichurri sauce. $22
Tarla Mediterranean Grill, Napa CA
Mmm, this lamb was really good! It was tender and juicy and so flavorful. I think a bit of tzatziki on the plate would have knocked it out of the park. I thought the kale and beans were tasty too.
Bulleit Sidecar: Bulleit bourbon, cointreau, fresh lemon juice. $10
Tarla’s Manhattan: Buffalo Trace bourbon, carpano antica, angostura bitters, candied cherry. $10