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Recommendations @ Vertical Wine Bistro?

Thinking about going to Vertical Wine Bistro either before or after the Morrissey show on Friday night at the Civic, any recommendations on any specific plates to try out or what shines the most on their wine list? Also, my pal isnt much of a wine drinker, does anyone know if they happen to have a full bar or serve beer?

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  1. D'oh, nevermind my second question, just checked opentable and it has the lowdown on the bar situation, would really love some recommendations on the food, however. Thx in advance!

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    1. re: bassbiz

      We went to Vertical recently and had a great time. I particularly enjoyed the fig poppers (which were date poppers when we visited, stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in serrano ham); prawns with capers, raisins and pine nuts; the sirloin burger; and the pulled pork. The trio of fritters, as good as they sound, are nothing to write home about.

      The flights of wine (22 of them) are fun. Some are really expensive but there are offerings at all price ranges.


      1. re: barham turner

        The really expensive flights turn out to be the best deals. 3 pricey Burgundies, are $21. Probably works out to no great bargain per ounce, but who is going to pay $55 per bottle to try them otherwise? Same with some of the California Pinot Noirs, Riojas, and Big Deal Cal Cabs ($42 for 3 tastes with the average bottle coming in at over $100). It is the only place I have ever had the Williams Selyem Pinots, which are available only by mailing list ($35 with bottles averaging ~$120, when you can find them). Not for everyone, but a great experience if you have wanted to see what the wine hype for some of these vintners is all about.

    2. i havent tried it personally, but i read on yelp from a lot of people that they really enjoyed the scallops and the skirt steak

      1. the tro of fritters and chop salad are good.

        1. fig/date poppers
          crab cakes

          1. The pulled pork was great

            1. I would NOT get the cheese plate (very boring)

              I had a pork dish - very good. Fig poppers that night were also date - very filling, but I found myself wishing they were figs. I would get them again.

              1. Thanks for all the recommendations. Went last night, were very luck to get the last table in the lounge/bar area right on the spot. Very nice, warm and inviting interior, though really could care less for the plasma playing sports in the lounge. Wanted a very light and simple meal since we only had about an hour or so before the show.

                Got some mixed cocktails instead of wine, very strong, I was taken back by the first few sips, got our money's worth on the booze, no doubt.

                Had the shoestring fries, which were surprisingly good, especially the chipotle sauce but didnt care much for the homemade ketchup, a little too watery. Wanted some form of a salad so we just went with the butter lettuce and red leaf, dijon vinagrette, very heavy on the mustard but very little vinegar, lol. Up until that point, we still did not get our drinks, btw, not even an offer of water, which would have been nice to wash down the fries and bread with!

                Finally about 20 minutes after ordering, drinks arrive and another 15 minutes later, the pulled pork dish, which was downright heavenly.

                We ended the night with the gelato platter, which every flavor was flippin fantastic.

                For 3 plates, 1 dessert and 2 mixed cocktails, total came to about $61.00, not including the tip.

                I'd definetly got back but I need to make sure I go with a reservation so I can try out dining in the main room, I felt awful waiting around constantly for service, while people were just hounding around your table, waiting to get your seat.

                1. Had a nice Valentine's Day meal at the couch in the bar area.

                  Fig poppers: tasted good but there was a little too much contrast between sweet and salty to me.

                  Polenta with parmesan cheese: very good

                  Snapper stew with pork and clams: very good, and I'm not a big snapper fan

                  Lamb sirloin with potato: excellent, my favorite

                  Wine prices are OK for a restaurant of this level, good stuff (i.e. Spanish tempranillo, Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir) can be had for $7-8/glass.

                  $90 + tip for 4 dishes and 4 glasses of wine

                  A welcome addition to Pasadena.