Monday, April 23, 2012

Bandolero Take-Over: Muy Caliente!

Fun times were had by all at the Bandolero take-over of the spot formerly housing Tackle Box in Cleveland Park. 
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I'd never been to Tackle Box before, so I can't say how much of what was done to the place, but it looked good.  The kitchen was sparkly-clean.
I saw some familiar faces as I came in. From left to right:  me, Mike Isabella's publicist Jenn Resick and food writer extraordinare Nevin Martell.  This photo was shot by City Eats photographer Elizabeth Parker.
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This is the requisite wacky bartender.
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George Pagonis of Aurole fame is going to head the kitchen here.
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This is Bethany and Jonathan Umbel with James Horn.
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Mike Isabella chatting with Nevin Martell
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First cocktail of the night:
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We started out with the three dips from the Bandolero pop-up at 918 F St., but they were different.  Mike had obviously taken the time to tweak the recipes a bit and they were better for it.
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Crabby tacos!
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Crispy Mahi
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Fru-fru drink being quaffed by Jason Hanny.  It was pretty tasty.
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The Ernest Hemingway margarita made with fresh grapefruit and lime.
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This was my favorite of the night.  The Lamb.
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Restaurant work ain't easy...that's Elizabeth Parker to the left and James composing himself in the forefront.
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Steak.  Yum.
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Mole...chocolatey.
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Spicy mango gelatto.  Really?  Yep.  It works too.  First bite?  No detectable heat.  2nd bite?  Just a tingle at the back of your throat.  3rd?  A little stronger.  Very pleasant.
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Last but not least, Elliot Drew.  He's going to be running the kitchen at the new sandwich shop that Mike is going to open as soon as he's recovered from Bandolero.
Best of luck Mike & crew.  I'm sure you'll kill it Cinqo de Mayo.
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