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Ermanos for Gourmet Tasting

November 22, 2015 , , , ,

We tried a new brunch place yesterday and have found a new favorite business in Tucson. Ermanos on 4th Avenue serves brunch on the weekend, which is when we like to go out to eat.  We arrived early before the crowds which was lucky because I convinced the chef to make me an off the menu food sampler.  She created a wonderful cauliflower creamed soup that had butter but no cream in the ingredients.  This rich and luscious starter was accented with an herbal oil, green and brightly basil scented.  I was really surprised when she told me there were no potatoes or cream in the smooth rich dish.  She happily shared her recipe so I can knock it off at home. This is one main reason I dine in restaurants (finding new recipes to make), so I am especially pleased when there is no resistance to sharing recipes.  Chef Claire was gracious s well as creative in her approach.  She took very good care of me and my tastebuds.

cauliflower soup

cauliflower soup

My tasting board included black eyed pea hummus to die for, some perfect home style corn tortilla chips adorned with fresh pico de gallo, a seasoned cubed pear, and some fried avocado with sauce.  The flavors were very exciting, each bite a contrasting taste sensation.  I enjoyed this flight of food while sipping my flight of wine.  It was an explosion of tasty  thrills.

vegetarian ceviche

vegetarian ceviche

bites with flights

bites with flights

The hip, cool setting and the vast selection of wine, beer and fresh food on the menu attracted us in the first place.  They feature local musicians often, and hold special events for beer releases, etc.  They run the kind of local business we like to support.  The reason we have instantly become loyal customers is the exceptional service.  Our server Alberto Noeggerath is knowledgeable and very helpful.  Since I rarely drink wine these days I was happy to put myself in his capable hands when selecting three reds to taste in my flight.  I also tasted a cava sparkling that rounded out the flavor party at my place setting.  All the wines were to my liking, but the zinfandel from Wilcox that came highly recommended was the star of the flight.  I would almost order a glass of that next time if it were not for the fun of flighting.  The option of tasting and trying new gastronomy with attentive, happy help from the staff makes Ermanos a great dining destination for us.  We plan to return often in the future.

Regular customers were arriving as we finished, and we spoke to a couple who were as enthusiastic as we are about the place.  We are big fans who recommend Ermanos for party time, gourmet time, or homestyle, homegrown down home downtown Tucson time.  This place is perfect for everyone who likes eating and drinking.

Bob loves beer, and I love dining.  We both love fabulous service.

chef Claire Ferguson

chef Claire Ferguson

server Alberto Noeggerath

server Alberto Noeggerath

Bob ate biscuits and gravy and four beers in a flight.

biscuits and gravy

biscuits and gravy

beer and wine flights

beer and wine flights

We had to try the beer float for dessert.  Loved it!

beer float

beer float

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Nice recipe
http://nashvibes.com

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NashStyle

November 23, 2015

ohhhhh this place looks/sounds sensational.! I think the soup sounds like perfection and you got a good friend there if she shared her recipe!!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 26, 2015

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