Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Avocado

This is a picture of the storied roasted carrot and avocado salad served at ABC Kitchen in New York moments before I devoured it.

I just ate two avocados for lunch. They were in that perfect-yet-fleeting moment — unbruised, soft, silky — so, really, it was a race against time, and I just had to eat them both. Anyway, it got me thinking about the  increasing popularity of avocado in dishes that are not guacamole (although there’s nothing wrong with guacamole). Nature’s most decadent vegetable (Yes, I know it’s technically a fruit!) because of its rich taste and texture — and high (for a veggie) fat content, avocado is very beneficial to your health. According to the California Avocado Commission, “Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.” Additionally, avocado is alleged to be an aphrodisiac. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this good mood food in recent restaurant reviews.

43 North, Madison, Wisconsin: “The written menu fails entirely to describe the exceptional food. My husband and I opted to share a large salad and three small plates. Each dish was beautifully presented with surprising small flourishes, such as avocado fritters with the green salad.”

* ABC Kitchen, New York, New York: “Amazing brunch at ABC Kitchen. My wife started with the roasted carrot and avocado salad, which she loved.”

Aqua Terra Restaurant, Fallbrook, California: “We shared the garlicky baked avocado appetizer. Fallbrook is the heart of avocado country, and this was a fine presentation.”

Brigantine Coronado, Coronado, California: “I had the restaurant’s signature dish — swordfish with lemon avocado butter and blue cheese potato salad and vegetables. This was the best fish dish I have ever had in my life. It was so delicious; just perfect.”

* Candle 79, New York, New York: “Our appetizers were phenomenal — the warm Brussels sprout salad, beet salad ,and avocado tartare stood out.”

Contigo, San Francisco, California: “I love this place. I find the food to be consistently outstanding. Their little toasts are perfection — the sardine/avocado/pickled onion/salt one is my favorite.”

Eveleigh, West Hollywood: “On a 70+ degree day in LA, it was gorgeous. The food was right up our alley, too. We had the avocado toast and baked eggs, and they were outstanding. Perfect amount for sharing.”

* FLAVA, Naples, Florida: “The shrimp/crab/avocado ‘martini’ appetizer is delicious.”

Fresco-Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii: “There were some very innovative and delicious items, including the fried avocado on the bruschetta, which we loved!”

Gram & Dun, Kansas City, Missouri: “I had the fried goat cheese and avocado salad, and the mussels. Everything was fantastic, including the excellent service we received.”

* The M & M Restaurant & Bar, Galveston, Texas: “Food was delicious with large generous portions. Loved the avocado pancakes.”

Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “The lobster sloppy joes appetizer was something we had never tried mainly because of the name. But we saw it at another table, and it looked so lovely (not like “sloppy joes” at all) that we ordered it. Highly recommend it if you like lobster meat, bechamel sauce, and avocado.”

* Nectar, Berwyn, Pennsylvania: “Phenomenal. Pumpkin rolls with avocado and pomegranate glaze… Delish. Everything was heavenly.”

The Porch Restaurant & Bar, Sacramento, California: “We tried the fried avocado salad, adult grilled cheese sandwich with sweet potato fries and the Sactown Brown sandwich. We ordered the small portions; plenty of food. Everything was great!”

* Rush Street, Culver City, California: “Someone in an earlier review noted the fried avocado. It’s listed as avocado fries, and they are delicious! A crispy and salty covering with great dipping sauces.”

SoBou, New Orleans, Louisiana: “The food was very interesting and good. The tuna cones with avocado ice cream are not to miss.”

Soleil at The Oasis, Austin, Texas: “The strawberry and avocado salad was the highlight of the night.”

* Waterboy, Sacramento, California: “I recommend the deviled egg crostini with avocado and dungeness crab, and the lamb dish for the main entree. The service was very attentive and the overall experience was absolutely AMAZING!”












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