The Squirt: A Garlic lovers dream place to eat for excellent food and eclectic atmosphere
Must Eat: Bagna Calda; Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib
The Stinking Rose is a totally awesome Garlic Restaurant located in Beverly Hills, California. It’s a truly unique experience for garlic lovers. There is another location in San Francisco that’s really awesome also. Be sure to visit both locations, if you are fortunate to visit both Beverly Hills and San Francisco.
The atmosphere is very eclectic and you will find yourself spending a good amount of time, just looking around at all of the amusing decor. It’s really a lot of fun! There are various dining rooms and sections within the restaurant. In the center of the restaurant, there are semi-private booths with velvet drapes. In other areas, there are other interesting themes, such as a chianti cafe, where the ceiling is lined with empty chianti bottles. In the back area, there is a table that has a back drop of wine corks stringed up and hanging on the walls. This restaurant breeds fun. Our server for the evening was Julio. He was an excellent server- very efficient and professional.
Ren and I ordered a bottle of #326 Borgetta Chardonnay from Sonoma, a reasonably priced wine, which served us well. After a week of some very pricey meals and too much shopping, it was just right. Their menu has many items for the garlic lover, ranging from garlic soup, to garlic pizza, to garlic rubbed entrees. They even feature garlic martinis, garlic wine and garlic desserts.
For the table, we ordered the Bagna Calda, which is garlic soaked in a hot tub. Basically, it’s a load of roasted garlic cloves, soaking in a bath of olive oil and butter with a hint of anchovie. The taste of the garlic is wonderful and all you have to do is scoop some up and smear it on the delcious garlic rolls that are brought to your table. You can also smear it on whatever else your heart desires. We also ordered the Fried Calamari which was excellent as well.
For dinner, Ria ordered the Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib, which was so tender that all you had to do is look at it and it fell apart. It was outstanding and pure meat and very lean. We all got to try it, and it was wonderful. It was served with garlic mashed potatoes, which were scrumptious, and delicious sauteed spinach.
Ren and I ordered two entrees to share, the Forty Clove Garlic Chicken and the Garlic Encrusted Baby Back Ribs. Oh man! Both were served with garlic mashed potatoes. The chicken was served on the bone, tender and delicious. The ribs were excellent and bursting with garlic. Excellent!
Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert that evening. We were stuffed. On the way out, we took a tour of all of the various rooms of the restaurant. It was like going through a museum, dedicated to garlic. They also have walls and walls of the celebrities who have visited The Stinking Rose over the years as well as souveniers that can be purchased. We had a terrific meal and a great experience at The Stinking Rose. It really is a flavorful restaurant, to say the least.
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