For starters, the beloved Black-eyed Pea Cake. Oh pea-cake, how we love thee. This was a decidedly rounder and less crispy (smaller?)version of Blossom's single pea cake appetizer (Cafe Blossom serves two miniature ones in their variation), but equally delicious. Filled with yukon-gold potatoes, black-eyed peas, onions, bell peppers, and probably other unidentified goodies, this appetizer is a winner topped with and sitting atop of an addictive chipotle aioli.
We don't usually do dessert at Blossom, but for some reason I decided we should try the caramel apple cigars for dessert. I am neither a fan of apples or fruit as dessert in general, but my companion loves the combo and I was feeling generous. Error in judgement. The boring, miniscule order consisted of 4 teeny phyllo sticks (~2" long with a dime equivalent circumference) "filled" with barely visible pieces of apple. There was a tasteless, caramel-colored liquid sloshing around the plate, but the piece de resistence was the foul, melon-ball serving of "vegan ice cream". Perhaps I'm now spoiled by Lula's, but for a restaurant whose food offerings I hold in such high regard to offer such an unappetizing ice cream was both surprising and disappointing.
Here's my current take on Blossom:
- The food remains delicous, but the dessert is a definite pass*.
- The portions are shrinking.
- With prices on par with Candle 79, the Blossoms need to collectively up their game as far as service is concerned; the waitstaff is consistently adequate and that doesn't cut it. Hipster swagger is ok for a coffeehouse, but not an upscale dining establishment.