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On the Menu: An Oporto Portobello

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Say that three times. Actually, at Oporto Food and Wine Bar, it's called an Oportobello. This was one of the many delicious tapas plates my group of friends consumed a few nights back at the hip Greenway Plaza-area establishment. Everything I ate that night was very pleasing, but the Oportobello really stood out.

The oversized marinated-mushroom cap was stuffed with a spinach and artichoke gratin, baked and served over arugula. A drizzle of truffle oil was added on top as "icing on the cake," so to speak.

There's a proper etiquette to follow when eating tapas with friends. Everyone takes their portioned piece, and inevitably you're left with a few remaining bites on the community plate. These bites usually sit for a good 10 minutes -- not the case that night. That's when the tapas bartering system began: "How about I eat the portobello, and you guys can finish the mussels?"

With the wine flowing, a fair trade was worked out. All were happy, and when you're at Oporto, that's a pretty easy task.


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