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Dining Out: It all hits the Spot

May 15, 2010|By Lisa Dupuy
  • Mini chocolate souffle, a strawberry cheesecake tartlet, a shot glass of chocolate mousse, and mini red velvet cupcake at The Spot at 1936 W. Glenoaks Blvd., in Glendale..
Mini chocolate souffle, a strawberry cheesecake tartlet,… (Scott Smeltzer/News…)

Imagine this scenario: You've just received a call from your best friend from high school, the one who always puts on a beautiful dinner when you visit. She's coming tonight or maybe tomorrow, she's not sure. You have a report to finish for work, a California Mission project to help your fourth-grader with, and you sure would like to go to that Zumba class. But you'd love to treat her to a nice meal at home. What to do?

Enter the Spot. The Spot, recently transplanted from Pasadena to Glendale, is a unique dining establishment. Primarily a catering company, The Spot also sells prepared entrees, sides and desserts to take home and enjoy. If you heat them according to simple instructions and reassemble them artfully, your guests will think you spent the whole afternoon in the kitchen. The Spot also has a dine-in option. The cheery eating area with high tables is a nice place for a casual lunch or dinner. It's on the pricey side, considering you order at the counter, but the meals are satisfying and nutritious.

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I ate in and chose for lunch the fish entree combo ($15.95). Along with their fish of the day, pesto-crusted salmon, I was allowed to choose a drink as well as a side salad and dessert of my liking from their beautiful display case. Seeing that I was struggling to choose between their many salads, the charming server offered me samples in little cups.

There was an excellent orzo salad with artichoke hearts and roasted peppers, eggplant and red onion in a basil vinaigrette. Then there was a fresh and lively rice salad with al dente white rice, mint, peas and dill. They also had Caesar, mixed green and fruit salads that looked fresh and healthful. I finally settled on a superb Thai salad featuring spaghetti (again, nicely al dente) with pea pods, red and orange pepper slices, cilantro and green onion in a delicate peanut-sesame dressing. This complemented the salmon nicely.

Every bite of the perfectly cooked salmon filled me with happiness. The thick 6-ounce filet was topped with basil pesto and then crispy panko breadcrumbs. I'm guessing they use the same technique here that they use for their popular Panko chicken ($5.95 each). The entree is quickly fried in a little hot oil to make the light, airy crumbs crispy and flavorful, then cooked it in the oven, cutting down on fat.

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