It is no secret that I absolutely love Azur. The food is spectacular, the service is always spot on and the ambiance is inviting. From the brunch mimosas and Benedicts, to the gnocchi at dinner, there is not a bad choice on the menu. Summer specials make it all that much better.
If you have not partaken in the wallet-friendly selections yet, I suggest you get over there for a meal. Soon. There are $6 lunch specials, and dinner specials are $14-19. For the bargain price of $18, I had a tasting plate of bacalao, salt cod fritters with a harissa mint sauce. They are likely my most ordered dish at Azur. The yummy bites were followed by a smaller portion of the fish special – swordfish in a tomato broth with white beans and petite shrimp. It was a lot of bang for my 18 bucks.
FKGuy enjoyed the feta stuffed dates, followed by roasted chicken with patatas bravas, also a smaller-than-usual portion. Portions at Azur are normally gigantic, and we generally share, or overeat, so the more manageable sized plates suit my tastes perfectly. Plus, I was left with room for 1/4 of a dessert. (Espresso panna cotta with preserved lemons, of course.)
The regular menu is still available, so my oyster-loving friend was not denied his briney, raw seafood. Should the need for a salad arise, or a steak, those are also available on the regular menu. Ravenous? Need more than a smaller portion? No problem. This is not one of those everyone-at-the-table-must-do-the-same-thing situations.
Also on the summer menu are tasting plates of olives and walnut stuffed eggplant. For “almost entrees” choose from any of the gnocchi preparations (my favorite is the porcini mushroom), pork ribs, or a shrimp and squash risotto.
Need more incentive? Bottles of house wine are 50% off, too. The summer menu is available Monday through Friday from 6 – 8 PM. Go early, eat the same amazing foods, and leave with a little extra cash in your wallet. If you haven’t been yet, you should go. The special is available to everyone, not just locals.
Azur is located at the corner of Grinnell and Fleming Streets and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What are you waiting for?