To me, cauliflower was always a poor excuse for a vegetable. White, tasteless, with its only redeeming feature being that it is known as an anti-Cancer food. It was like someone left broccoli in Clorox overnight by mistake. Well, all that changed when I recently visited Stonefire Grill in West Hills for a media party.
They had some amazing dishes made with the strange veggie. In one, they roasted a whole cauliflower and had a very tasty lemon tahini sauce on top. (5.99). The top was browned and looked yummy. It was. In another one, it was served inside pita bread with a bunch of fresh greens and other vegetables with a wonderful Serrano sauce. (5.99). I loved it. I am a long time vegetarian and chef, so I was intrigued and interested in their new veggie entrees.
There were other new menu items for us to taste, including a New Shrimp and a Grilled Chicken with Pesto Sandwich, all affordable.
This was fun, especially on the patio in the unseasonably cool evening of the Valley. I grew up out there from 14 on, so I knew the Fallbrook Center well. It was like a homecoming for me. Lots of nice memories.
The hit of the show for me was without a doubt the Cabrese Sandwich. (7.99). Fresh Mozzarella with basil pesto, arugula, balsamic vinegar and crushed grape tomatoes on a crispy ciabatta. You HAVE to try this. Bet you can't eat just one. I had three!
I don't drink alcohol much, but I had to try Stonefire's own micro brew beer. It was great. Not too stout, but tasted a lot like my fav, Amstel Light. I was impressed they had their own label, and I highly recommend it. Edible cauliflower, great veggie and meat treats, and nice dinner companions on a cool summer evening. I was happy.
In these tough economic times, Stonefire Grill has kept their prices down with still very good fare. You can just get the appetizers and a beer some nights and go to a film nearby. That won't ding the budget and you'll eat like a gourmand. Of course, their regular menu looked fine also. They have seven locations, so you are sure to find one near you. Search online for their restaurants. StonefireGrill.com/locations.
Hey, Mom was right. Eat your vegetables! Moms are usually right I have found, except about how to serve Cauliflower.