If you haven’t tried the pan-fried scallops at Dmitri’s, you are missing out

Last Friday night I met a couple of friends at the New Wave Cafe to have a drink and wait for a table across the street at Dmitri’s. I had eaten at the 23rd and Pine Dmitri’s several times before, but had never managed to get to this location, despite the fact that for five months in 2000 I lived a block and a half away.

We got a table after a half hour wait and quickly ordered. We knew what we wanted. We got an order of half hummus and half baba ghanoush and the greek salad with greens to start out with. Once we had emptied those plates (we needed a second basket of grilled pita bread to finish off the hummus) two entrees appeared. The fried calamari and the pan-fried scallops.

All the food was good, but those scallops are special. They are intensely caramelized on the outside, so that they have this sweet crust that is almost sticky with all the natural sugars in the scallops. But once you put them in your mouth, they melt. Almost no chewing is required. When I eat them, I don’t want to talk or interact for a few moments. I just want to fully experience the taste of them in my mouth. I do believe they might be the perfect food.

The hummus/baba ghanoush, salad and two entrees was more than enough food for the three of us. This location is a BYOB, which is nice because it keeps the price lower. We ate to excess and with tip spent $20 per person for a whole lot of amazing food.

2 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    oh, the poor new wave. always a waiting room. i used to live a few blocks from there. the food at the new wave is good too! it’s not specialty like dmitri’s – still much better than anyone gives them credit for.

  2. Bill (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

    You’re making me hungry! I’ve been to Dmitri’s several times, but I need to return for the scallops. My favorite is the grilled octopus – they do a fantastic job and I recommend it highly.

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