Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Must (Los Angeles – Downtown)


I tried the White and Black Sangria.  The White is flavored with Peaches and is slightly sweeter than the Black., which was my favorite.  The Black is flavored with Blueberries and Blackberries  Flavor wise, both were excellent and while these were the best Sangria's I have ever tasted, they both had very little fruit in them.

Maybe it's just me, but I want my Sangria to have small chunks of wine soaked fruits to munch on.  The White Sangria had no fruit in it other then the 2 sliced peaches used for garnish.  And truthfully, I'm not so sure these were Fresh White Peaches but rather... the canned variety!  (Peaches aren't in season right now and these were too sweet and soft  to be fresh - macerated or not. Hmmmmm, I wonder.  Either way, it's just an observation.  I'm not trying to split hairs.)  As for the Black Sangria, it contained no fruits in it either, but it did have some pulp from the berries.  - 4 stars    

I tried 3 different snacks and while all 3 good, they all had some flaws.

The TATER TOTS  were okay but bland.  The Chedder Wine Fondue Dip they came with was great but even better paired with the Pretzels.  The Smoked Ranch Dip was not smokey and watered down.  I really hate thin Ranch Dressing.  Dip shouldn't drip from your food onto the table as you bring it to your mouth, ya know!!  Lastly, how are you gonna go old school and serve Tater Tots minus the ketchup?  If you're gonna go retro, you might as well go all the way.  I asked for Ketchup and received my catsup.  Or is is Katsup?  In any event, this snack should be served with a trio of dips, not just two.       - 2.5 stars  

The PRETZELS came out pillowy and warm...but too SALTY!  Yes, I know, they're supposed to be salty.  But this was overkill - even for a pretzel.  Luckily, the salt crystals were the only culprits here and not the dough.  I just rubbed them off.  The Grain Mustard is good with them but the CHEDDAR WINE FONDUE goes even better with them. - 3.5 stars

The CALIFORNIA PORTOBELLO SLIDERS were okay.  I'm always a sucker for anything on soft Brioche Buns so my opinion is already biased.  The minor flaw, as I saw it here and the rest of what I ate on my visit, was SEASONING.  These Sliders were good but lacked Spice or just plain ole Salt n Peppa. - 3 stars    

I'm not a wine guy at all but I'll definitely come back to try more of their wine cocktails, spiked shakes and other interesting food offerings (including their 40oz in a paper bag).  

I came around 930 on a Friday night and had to wait 30 minutes for a table.  Next time, I'll come earlier or stop by to try out their Happy Hour.  It can get a little loud for conversation with the music playing so if you're okay with that I think 30 -40 minutes is about the most you'd ever have to wait.  

$5 Parking in a lot and structure is a short walking distance on Main just North of 6th St.

Sadly, "The Must" is now closed for business.

White Sangria (left) – Viognier, Chardonnay, Fresh White Peaches & White Port.  Black Sangria (right) – Cabernet, Ruby Port, Blackberries & Blueberries.

School House Tater Tots served with Cheddar Wine Fondue & Smoked Pepper Ranch Dressing.

California Portobello Sliders – Smoked Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomato Aioli & Caramelized Onions on a Mini Brioche Buns.

Soft Pretzels served with spicy MUSTard.

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