Thursday, January 22, 2015

Diegos - Grass Valley

5/5 stars

ATMOSPHERE: Every now and then, you find yourself in a real gem of a restaurant where you experience character and flavors. It's a restaurant where the food and service speaks for itself - it didn't even need a sign outside until one was made and given to the restaurant as a gift. Diego's looks like a home, nothing matches, and there are half a dozen tables, some pushed up against the other to form one large, family table. The restaurant is dimmed, colorful, eccentric, warm, and inviting. The service is friendly and caring.

FOOD: Right as you sit down, water and these cute, little rolls fresh out of the oven are delivered to your table along with a mouthwatering garlic and parsley butter and a cilantro and onion salsa. I seriously could have just eaten the bread for dinner and been exceptionally happy. That and the white wine sangria. It was made with fresh balls of melon and was so refreshing! For dinner, I ordered the Ensalade Diego with steak and was flabbergasted - this was the biggest steak salad I have ever received. The steak was not just a "topping" on the salad, but the main course! Juicy, tender, and heavenly when dipped in their excellent cilantro-lime vinaigrette. My romaine lettuce was invisible under the mountains of grilled carrots, squash, and zucchini, green beans, onions, olives, avocado, and whole egg. It was probably one of the best salads I've ever had. I was bursting at the seams and could barely finish half of the salad. Of course, we still ordered dessert: a homemade crepe filled with real caramel and bananas with vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar. The word "gluttonous" comes to mind.


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