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Best Thing We Ate: Pan con Tomate at Vinoteca

By Rina Rapuano | May 9, 2014 By Rina Rapuano  |  May 9, 2014

The Dish: Pan con Tomate at Vinoteca

The Price: $8 for three ($7 from 5-7 PM daily)

Tasting Notes: We’re not gonna lie - we've eaten a lot this week. Highlights include a comforting shepherd’s pie from Ri Ra Georgetown; a unique bite of mushroom, poached egg, fiddlehead fern in an asparagus waffle cup at Teddy & the Bully Bar; a combo roll from Willie T’s Lobster Shack; two awesome sandwiches from Glen’s Garden Market; and more than our fair share of donuts from GBD last night (the coconut cream and the butterscotch bismark were tied for first place there). We’re like a very, very hungry caterpillar. But when it came down to it, one of the simplest things we ate this week - the thing we wish we could eat again right now - were toasted baguette slices rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil and topped with juicy tomato pulp, rich Spanish chorizo and shavings of Manchego cheese. And while it looks simple, chef Lonnie Zoeller puts quite a lot of work into it by grating the tomatoes, straining and reducing the tomato juice into a concentrated syrup and adding it back to the pulp. That care translates directly into the outstanding flavors. 

1940 11th St. NW; 202-332-9463

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