Romanesco is a funny-looking vegetable. It's pale green like Gak and covered in tiny spikes. It looks like broccoli's edgy cousin and tastes like a grassier version of cauliflower. It is stunning.
Have you tried it before? Because if you haven't, now's a good time. The locally-grown brassica is available at Blackbrick in midtown. Owner Richard Hales is offering it as a part of his new $10 lunch special.
The special is available Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features three courses.
Start with the vegetable and shrimp egg roll, which is served alongside a pumpkin sweet and sour sauce. Continue with Hales' local-style, stir-fried tofu. This vegan main course showcases flower sprouts from Swank Farms in Palm Beach County and vegetables from Farm to Kitchen -- the company that sources local produce for the city's top chefs. Finish your meal off with a fortune cookie.
The menu will change weekly and will be based on what's fresh off South Florida's farms.
"Besides offering a new style of Chinese cuisine to South Florida, our goal is to offer traditional dishes with fresh local produce and meats instead of harmful conventional farming sources," says Hales.
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On the regular menu, egg rolls cost $6 and a similar stir-fry costs $8, so it's a good bargain.
Plus, you'll be adding an alien-looking vegetable to your diet.
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