EJ Phair, Concord CA
With its own brews to support its restaurants, EJ Phair is one of the highlights of Todos Santos Plaza. We come here often enough to have established our favorites. Tonight we had a friend with us and wanted to share this place with her. What made our evening more interesting was the trivia games – we had no idea Tuesday nights were Trivia Night!
We started with lumpia, one of the day’s specials. EJ Phair’s version of lumpia was more like a fusion of the filipino staple with a Chinese egg roll. The sauce was sweet and spicy, kind of like a typical sweet and sour sauce, but house-made.
The French onion soup was our favorite part of the meal. Made with EJ Phair’s own IPA, it was well seasoned, had a great balance of salty, sweet, and savory, and the onions were tender.
Our friend ordered a Caesar wrap with chicken. She asked for garlic fries instead of regular fries, and the garlic was fresh.
Zach ordered fish and chips. Usually he gets jägerschnitzel but tonight he wanted to be different.
August got the jägerschnitzel, since she loves it too. With a breaded, pounded pork loin, stewed cabbage, spätzle, and mushroom sauce, this is a fully house-made plate with lots of flavor.