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Sugar Daddy’s is sweetly promising

The recently opened Sugar Daddy’s Wine and Food Bar is the latest eatery to join the popular “small plate” trend in the downtown area.  On Jefferson, right off Broughton, the location couldn’t be better. With an extensive wine and beer list, plus a full bar and good food, this place should be a hit. Two of us have sampled on a couple of occasions. Naturally, we tried the ubiquitous Duck Confit Panini, moist, tender and aromatic with garlic and thyme, just as it should be. On another occasion, one of us tried to salmon salad–fresh greens, highlighted with red grapefruit segments and other delicacies. The Local Jumbo Shrimp was good, too, although I think the term Jumbo might be subject to conjecture. The shrimp rested atop a bed of fresh off the cob, nicely seasoned corn. The corn was lovely, but it was hard to see why the chef chose to be so stingy with its quantity when corn is among the least expensive of veggies. Desserts provide sweet decadence.

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Leoci’s Trattoria to Open Soon!

“It’s going to be a casual,  affordable neighborhood cafe,”  says owner,  Chef Roberto Leoci, who with his wife,  is currently hard at work renovating the little restaurant at 606 Abercorn.   There will be a spacious outdoor deck along one side and around the back, plus they hope eventually to have a bocce court.  The menu will be Italian,  primarily pizza, pasta and panini. However, when we mentioned our passion for veal, the chef said he might add a nice veal scaloppini to the mix.  Leoci already has his beer and wine license approved, so that obstacle course is over. He hopes to be open in just a few weeks, though we suspect the extensive renovations may take a bit longer than that.  Buon appetito!

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