Best Calamari - 2006
Cardwell's at the Plaza
"Flash fried calamari, spicy chili-lime mayonnaise." Oh, modesty, thy name is Cardwell's menu. In a world where bastardized bar-food cuisine has dragged squid rings down to the pitiful ranks of potato skins and jalape?o poppers, Cardwell's offers a beacon of hope and taste. That's in keeping with the whole of Cardwell's less-is-more food philosophy; it's about finding great ingredients and then pretty much getting out of their way. A gentle nudge here and therethat suavely calibrated chili-lime mayois all that's needed. And come to think of it, a big bowl of Cardwell's calamari is exactly what we need right about now.