What is it? Portobello fries
Where is it from? Encontro North Park
What’s in it? Crispy, fried portobello mushrooms topped with parmigiano-reggiano.
How much will it cost me? $8
Why we love it? You can’t go wrong with a good side of fries — especially when they are reworked, rethought and downright delicious. The portobello fries from Encontro North Park act more as an appetizer or filling snack than a mere side dish, in our opinion. Having a different veggie besides a potato at the center of your fry is refreshing and welcomed. Portobello mushrooms are filling on their own, but breading and frying makes them even more satisfying and gives the mushroom a crunchy, yet chewy texture — just like a french fry. Another reason this dish rocks is the variety of different dipping sauces offered, including Worcestershire aioli, basil aioli, buttermilk lemon, tzatziki and Sriracha aioli. You can also keep it old-school and opt for ketchup, if that’s what you’re into.
Encontro North Park, 3001 University Ave., North Park. encontronorthpark.com