Part Two in the small plate showdown of Lou vs. Lazy Ox Canteen…now, the food!
-Menu: Lazy Ox (variety). Both boast seasonal menus filled with fine fish, fowl, filets and foliage and both have a fine selection of cheese and charcuterie. But because Lazy Ox has a slightly more international flair with ingredients like yuzu, tahini, yogurt and curry that make a seamless appearance into some of their dishes, there is more of a variety of small plates to choose from, which is why I preferred Lazy Ox’s menu to Lou’s.
Lou does give you the option of small plates as well as larger entrees which can also be nice (see “I just had a bite so small I forgot what I ate” syndrome). Lou also seems to offer more adventurous meats and poultry than Lazy Ox such as antelope, wild boar sausage and guinea fowl on the menu, although fans of beef tongue, rabbit livers and pig ear (not me!) will not be disappointed at Lazy Ox. Mostly the smaller plates on Lou’s menu tended to be veggie-friendly, with the exception of their Pig Candy, which appears to be cut up pieces of bacon dipped in maple syrup so that the end result is a soft and gooey piece that is very aptly named. This is the kind of thing you could make at home but you just…don’t. It is good and a definite crowd-favorite, but after a while I personally cannot open my mouth because it is glued shut from this maple-bacon gum concoction, and after all that time and effort, I am thinking, “Why ruin a good thing?” I guess I am a purist and as a former, proud Bacon of the Month member, I enjoy my bacon plain, crispy and untouched.
Other delicious delectables dined on at the Ox: