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Friday, June 13, 2014

#79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Skordalia, or garlic dip, at the Purple Martin. | Corey Woodruff
  • Skordalia, or garlic dip, at the Purple Martin. | Corey Woodruff

This is not just my usual weekly selection. It's a plea to Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis, owners of the Purple Martin (2800 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-898-0011). See, just recently they announced that they're revamping the menu at their delightful Fox Park eatery.

Guys, I'm begging you: Keep the gloriously garlicky skordalia dip on the menu.

See Also: The Purple Martin holds great promise in Fox Park

Shortly after I reviewed the Purple Martin and fell in love with the skordalia, Roseberry announced the decision. Although she and Lagouranis had imagined the Purple Martin as a North African-Mediterranean eatery, the neighborhood residents wanted something different. This, coupled with chef Chase Overaker's background in classic American cooking, prompted the owners to rebrand the restaurant as a comfort food spot.

Roseberry has assured me that the skordalia will stay, giving patrons the opportunity to experience this tart, pleasantly pungent dip laden with cloves of roasted garlic. She may change the name of the dish to "garlic dip," but that's fine. A stinking rose by any other name would smell (and taste) as sweet.

Previously: #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco Taco at Mission Taco Joint #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee #82: The Salted Caramel Croissant at Pint Size Bakery #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie #84: Truffled Tater Tots at Blood & Sand #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House #86: Chorizo and Egg Sope at Spare No Rib #87: Duck Burger at Planter's House #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings #89: The Duck Prosciutto Flatbread at Bella Vino #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria

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