415 1st St N
When you’ve got wine on your mind, head to this hidden Warehouse District den of fine vinos and smart snackers for pairing. The duo behind this charming underground hideout are serious connoisseurs of the grape, so this is no throwaway list. You’ll find true gems and thoughtfully curated listings to please any oenophile’s sophisticated palate. Cheese, salumi, flatbreads and olives make up light bites allowing for just one more glass. MECCA BOS
Owner Erin Tomczyk really nails the wine-bar food thing, keeping her nibble-friendly menu short and uncomplicated while emphasizing fresh, generous flavors at affordable prices. At its center is an inventive crostini assortment: parchment-thin dry cured ham with avocado and tomato slices, a generous swipe of garlicky pesto crowned with shrimp, rich ricotta and sumptuous smoked salmon, spicy barbecue beef with crunchy slaw, sweet roasted peppers over tangy goat cheese. Larger appetites can swerve toward a half-dozen marvelous pizzas, abundantly portioned, brightly textured salads and a few hearty sandwiches. A wickedly dense chocolate terrine and strawberry shortcake is a carefree balance of berry, crumbly cake and teasingly thick whipped mascarpone cream. (Rick Nelson, 6/7/2007)
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