But after another wonderful lunch at Salumi, I've just got to go on record: There's just no place I'd rather eat. Even when there's a monster line out the door, which there always is, rain or shine.
I got there shortly after 11 today, thinking I might miss the rush. No such luck. But standing in the drizzle, I visited with some folks who were visiting from Chicago. They asked me if it was worth waiting for. Oh yeah.
My crush on Salumi blossomed into true love last summer when Gina Batali and her crew created a Grand Salami for Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus. The winning lineup of sandwiches that day was something I'll never forget. It was so obvious they had been made with love, my favorite secret ingredient. On the table, there was a bowl of braised oxtail over polenta. I could not stop eating that wildly flavorful dish.
The oxtail was a featured special this week. I had to get in there and see if it was as good as I remembered. It was ladled over bread today, and the board warned it was messy. Best eaten there. When I started eating it with a knife and fork, Gina suggested I pick it up. Mmmm. Yes, that was best. The sturdy bread remarkably kept the oxtail contained. Nothing ran down my wrist. Beautiful!
Is this addictive oxtail No. 1 on my greatest hits list? Too soon to say. I'm going to have to work my way through the rest of the menu to say for sure. What about you? What do you order at Salumi?