|Coal Fire's prosciutto cippola pizza|
Friend of the blog Adam is back with some serious fun -- recommending a bison burger that I really need to try. He and I are both fans of restaurant specials, and he talks up a pair of them for this week's Trolling post:
It’s great when restaurants host local social events. It’s also great when they cater awesome specials for those events. For a few years now, Cacao Lane in Ellicott City has graciously hosted the local chapter of Theology on Tap, a weekly gathering that features a speaker on topics relevant to the faith lives of young adult Catholics.
Cacao Lane discounts their burgers and sandwiches for those in attendance, and I took full advantage with one of the best bison burgers I’ve ever eaten. I don’t say this lightly; I’ve had bison from dozens of restaurants out west, and have regularly bought local bison from Gunpowder Bison Co. in Monkton, MD.
|Bison burger at Cacao Lane|
Often times, the burgers are dry and uninspired, but Cacao Lane’s -- requested and cooked rare -- is juicy and flavorful. Beefy overtones pair with a slightly gamey finish in the meat, while the patty is certainly helped by a sharp and tangy blue cheese. I love the red onion jam they add, which gives a mellow and developed sweetness to counter the bold cheese and bison flavors. The brioche bun is a nice touch of richness, as is bacon, which I made sure to add. Not bad at all for six bucks!
Similarly, I love the pizzas as Coal Fire Pizza in Ellicott City, but I hate the price, especially given that their not the most filling pizzas. Solution? Happy Hour. I love their half-price pizza specials, which take place 3-6 p.m. every weekday.
Tucked into the small bar, it’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to fellow pizza lovers or run into old friends, as I did recently. Take advantage of the half price to get their Prosciutto Cippolla. The combination of the crisp, concentrated flavor of the prosciutto and the sweet roasted flavor of onion works perfectly on top of their signature sauce. The best part? Jut short of eight bucks after tax.
There are some other great deals I hope to take advantage of soon, including Monday's half-priced burgers at Diamondback Grill in Ellicott City, two dollar off small bites at Pure Wine Café in Ellicott City as well, and happy hour specials at Alexandra's Restaurant in Turf Valley. Here’s hoping some loyal HowChow readers have more great suggestions!Seriously, who else has suggestions for any weekly specials or happy-hour deals? I have my eye on the half-priced Sunday burgers advertised by Ranazul in Fulton. Adam and I would love other folks to join in.