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Tell me about Bar Ferdinand

I've never focused much on Bar Ferdinand, because I've never had the chance to go, but it might be the perfect place to bring an out of town guest this weekend (wants Spanish food, not too pricey). I know several Chowhounders like it, so tell me---what's good there? Any great cocktails? Anything meh to avoid? Are the desserts decent? Do we need a reservation for Sat. night? All info welcome. And thanks!

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  1. I enjoy:

    -manchego fritos (fried manchego with apple foam on a skewer, you can't go wrong with fried cheese)
    -filet mignon skewers with a pesto dipping sauce
    -baked goat cheese with pine nuts
    -short rib dish (can't remember the exact details)
    -ask about the vegetable of the day. if they have the brussel sprouts that day - GET THEM.

    They have churros for dessert, which you can't go wrong with either.

    As a disclaimer, I don't eat seafood so maybe some other posters could chime in. I hear their paella special is pretty good.

    1. I love Bar Ferdinand. It's usually not mind-blowing, but they have some really good dishes, a nice atmosphere, and it's pretty reasonably priced.

      Some favorites:

      - Manchego Frito (description above)

      - Datiles con Tocino - puff pastry filled with dates, bacon, and cream cheese. A friend described them as the best thing she'd ever tasted - I'm not sure I'd go that far, but they are pretty awesome.

      - Breton Croquettes - Kale, Goat Cheese, Thyme Croquettes with Romesco Sauce. The jamon croquettes are ok too, but I think the ones at Amada spoiled those for me. I like these a lot better.

      - Pechuga de Pollo Ahumado Sandwich - with chicken, san simon cheese, chorizo, bacon, swiss chard, & smoked paprika aoli. Awesome.

      - Vegetarian Sandwich - with wild mushroom, caramelized onion, sauteed spinach, and manchego cheese. Also awesome.

      - Queso de Cabra Cocinado - Mentioned above, baked goat cheese w/ pine nuts, garlic and honey

      Unfortunately, like micreynolds, I'm not big on seafood, and I'm really not particularly big on red meat either, so I tend towards pork/poultry/vegetarian dishes. I can say, everyone I have ever been with has really enjoyed their food. I think brunch is actually even better than dinner, but dinner is solid.

      1. This is tough, because there are so many wonderful things on the menu.
        I agree with all the ones mentioned; my mouth is watering!

        Of course, the manchego fritos can't be missed.

        We usually start out with some salads. They are all great. My husband loves the one with the poached duck egg on top. The shrimp and crab salad is marvelous. These aren't ordinary salads, they are all terrific.

        If they have the cod croquettes, try them - creamy, melt-in-your-mouth centers.

        Of the meats, our favorite is the skirt steak - tender and very tasty. We can't share this four ways, we need one for every two people because no one wants to give up a share.

        Anything on a skewer.

        We tend to skip the sandwich and pastry ones; the filled pastry ones are very good, but more pastry than filling, and we like them less than the other choices.

        The desserts happen to be delicious. I'm a dessert person, so even though I'm too full, I often want to share a dessert.

        We have brought many people here, and everyone has loved it.

        They don't take reservations except for large parties.

        Enjoy and report back!

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        1. re: sylviag

          Thanks! You all are getting me excited! I think we're headed there on Sat. night.

        2. Oh, and re: reservations - I've never been there on a Saturday night that I remember (I like close, so it tends to be a weeknight thing). I'd call and check though, it definitely appears to be more crowded on weekends.

          1. definitely get reservations, it isn't the most comfortable place to wait for a table. i have been going there since it opened and can't recall a single bad thing that i have had, BUT....i do think twice when ordering the specials, they can be ridiculously overpriced. i had a delicious order of grilled spring ramps a few months ago and they were $16. it was beyond insane and it of course was not a hug portion and wasn't garnished with anything special. so think twice when one of the specials sounds good, it will be but if you are watching costs then don't do it.

            and i enjoy pretty much everything everone has said, except i am not crazy about their churros and i would like to add the monkfish and pork belly skewers to the list.

            1. bacon-date-cream cheese empanadas.

              1. They don't take reservations for parties with fewer than six people. If it's a nice evening try to sit outside. We love the skirt steak with fried egg. Also the crab and shimp salad, duck confit salad, caso de cabra with honey and roasted garlic, papas fritos, potato torta and the short ribs. You really can't go wrong. If it sounds good order it.

                1. Thanks so much, everyone! I can't wait. FYI, I called just to check, and they were happy to take a reservation for our party of 3.

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