A Late Dinner at the Bar at Mockingbird Bistro

The first time I ate at Mockingbird Bistro (1985 Welch) was in 2002 when it first opened. I had lunch and never returned, but I don't know why. The bar menu is impressive, to say the least. The apps are amazing, and the beer and cocktail offerings are some of the best I have seen in the city.

I had such a great time at Mockingbird sitting at the bar talking to uber-friendly bartender Carlos. I started with a Blood and Sand Cocktail, made with Famous Grouse Scotch, orange bitters, sweet vermouth and cherry liqueur. One sip of this, and I turned to my bar companion and said, "This man is a professional."

The Kobe beef tongue was amazing. The rich, perfectly braised, beefy tongue was like a beef tenderloin in texture. We also had boudin noir with roasted apples and yukon gold potatoes. Spicy, rich boudin noir, or blood sausage, is one of my favorite dishes of all time. The pissaladiere, a French-style pizza made with onions, olives and anchovies, was delish. It was made with what they call melting onions - onions that have been cooked to the point they are about to melt - and they melt in your mouth, that's for sure.

We accompanied our bar dinner with a Blue Moon Grand Cru. I don't like Blue Moon beers - they're too fruity and hoppy for me - but this was the best Blue Moon I have ever had. It was light and crisp, and the flavors were balanced and so perfect, it didn't even need an orange slice.

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