Vino and Gallery Bar open patio for dinner. And we are there.

By Jan Walsh

Oh, how I have missed this place and these people! Vino and Gallery Bar is a happy place. Every memory I have here is a good one. And I have many. Inside and out it is pristine. The food is incredible and healthy. And the restaurant family is like family.

Vino and Gallery Bar’s reopening is a transition. It is opening only the patio for now keeping the curb service containers as plastic dinnerware. But it matters not. We typically dine on their patio, or just inside it with doors open. And sipping French bubbles from a plastic cup makes our dinner a picnic.

We start with a bottle of Louis De Grenelle and two of our all-time favorites, Fried Crab Claws and Bang Bang Cauliflower. We toast the opening with this lovely pink Loire Valley wine. The golden, plump crab claws—crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside—burst with freshness. Reminding me that I do come back here just for these, often. And the sweet and sour cauliflower is bright, crunchy, and zingy. Both are highly recommended.

For entrees, Kev orders the Pork Scallopini, and I opt for the Grouper Bowl. A hearty portion of quality pork is served atop a medley of veggies and pasta and topped with Parmesan. As he slices off each bite, he mixes it up with the tomato, carrots, artichokes, and penne, creating a satisfying synthesis of textures and flavors. My gorgeous grouper dish is also a well- balanced mix of protein, veggies, and starch. Generous bites of Gulf grouper, fresh baby spinach, tomatoes, bowtie pasta, and Parmesan speak to their freshness in every beautiful bite. Both our entrees were firsts for us, but newfound keepers that we will order again.

Desserts at Vino are always a must! We end the evening with a shared bowl of Chocolate Crème Brûlée. Typically, I take a bite of dessert and leave the rest for my sweet tooth hubby—not tonight.



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