Food & Drink
A Tempo aspires to bring back quality dishes to Olmos landmark
Published: November 20, 2012
On the surface, this seemed like a worthwhile variation on the currently popular shrimp and grits: Southern-style grits with peppers, onions, and okra were promised, as was a lemon garlic hollandaise. To be sure, there were plenty of smallish shrimp, though they were a little overcooked; the vegetable component was hidden under the shrimp and counted for little; the grits themselves were bland and soupy; and the hollandaise lacked body. Despite promise, the kitchen's heart just wasn't in it. The wine list did supply a perfectly adequate Macon La Roche Vielles Vignes, however, so the evening was not lost.
And the singer/guitarist in the adjacent bar was actually very pleasant. It should be noted, too, that she was not playing to an empty house. If this is not yet an a-tempo experience then it's at least occasionally an up-tempo one. Time will tell.
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