Take me out to the ball game. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack. I don’t care if I never get back…
When we first stepped out onto the patio at The Catch, we were handed a drink and an enticing game day menu. The cool breeze and plush seats were enough to getting us singing, get our taste buds watering, and having us thinking we didn’t want to be anywhere else even though the Angels were at home playing the Toronto Blue Jays but we were more interested in the food. Being amongst other foodies will do that to you as well as a general love for food. Bring forth the game day festivities!
The game day meal began like any other – with a drink. I love it when drinks magically appear out of nowhere, on a tray, by my side. Don’t mind if I do. I don’t even ask what it is. This one just happened to be a pleasant royal tea. It’s a bit sweet though. My palate can only handle so much sweetness. I know. Such a shame. Luckily a bit a soda water tamed this royalness and I was ready to dive into the savory portion of our afternoon.
The chefs at The Catch eased us into game day with with one of my favorites from the day – the yellow fin tuna tartare (sashami grade yellowfin diced and tossed with sweet chili and soy sauces with avocado and green onion. Served with butter lettuce cups and a touch of wasabi creme fraiche). The buttery tuna melted perfectly on my palate and any heat the dish gave off was toned down with the avocado. I could have easily eaten these all night.
Ever had a reuben sandwich? They can be a bit overwhelming with all their flavor components but luckily all those lovely flavors were captured in an easy bite size fritter. These Reuben Bites were a mix of TAPS Irish Red Ale braised corned beef, aged gruyere cheese, German sauerkraut and seeded rye bread crumbs served with creamy horseradish dipping sauce and Thousand Island dressing.
Next up were some quintessential game day snacks but with a gourmet twist. The Snack Bomb Nachos (Fritos scoops, Salsa Verde Doritos, nacho cheese, beef chili, shredded pork carnitas, pico de gallo, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onion, guacamole, and sport peppers) and the Twisted Carne Asada Fries (marinated grilled tri-tip steak, pico de gallo, guacamole, pepper jack cheese sauce, grated sharp cheddar, and grilled scallions. Topped with toasted chili de arbol and jalapeno peppers). The thing about these tasty combinations is that you just can’t stop at one especially with ooey gooey cheese and a spicy kick that leaves you wanting more.
If you’re looking for more filling options vs snacks, The Catch has you covered with their Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas Taco (a family recipe of sous chef Sergio Lopez) and the Blackened Mahi Mahi Taco. These tacos were rich and flavorful and rendered our party silent as we savored each bite and prepared our bellies for the last course.
Last but not least (there’s still dessert!), we ended our game day menu with the Roasted Pork Cemita (guajillo-ancho chile marinated pork buttshredded and tossed in a chipotle spiced sauce and served on a toasted sesame bun with Oaxacan cheese, papolo, sweet onion, fresh avocado, lime juice, and crispy pork chicharrones). Yes. Yum, yum! Every bite was juicy and amazingly delicious. I just couldn’t believe the fun was over but chef had some surprises up his sleeve.
As we eased into our lounge chairs and almost passed out from our food comas, our collective unit quickly perked us when we saw the Rally Monkey. If you don’t know, the Rally Monkey is the unofficial mascot for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. However, for that night, it was a shot glass full of vanilla/chocolate goodness and liquor. Mmmmm…
Many thanks to The Catch for a lovely game day menu. If you’re looking for a spot to chill out and eat before the big game, check out The Catch. It is steps away from the stadium. This place is also perfect for a date night, catching up with old friends, or enjoying a lovely weekend lunch on the patio. Either way, you can’t miss at The Catch.