Opal has been around for a long time, although not always known by this name, but definitely in the same location.
I was here for a business lunch, and one diner and his family have been longtime patrons of the restaurant. He provided some good recommendations.
To start, the group shared the crab cakes, and the seared ahi salad/nachos.
Some nice looking items elsewhere on the table included a housemade basil fettuccine with prawns, a scallop and spinach salad, and housemade tomato linguine with seafood. As for myself, I had fat sea scallops with green salad and small boiled purple potatoes.
Just look at those colors. How festive! It’s almost like mardi gras. But it’s not, it’s Opal.
The planets aligned for this one. Some business partners suggested eating here, and it’s also a favorite spot for my manager who was briefly in town. And coincidentally I was in conversation with Brian who’d eaten here just the evening before and had some menu recommendations.
I was also sans camera, having loaned it to Sandrine and she showed up partway through the meal to return it!
Thus, I give you: the tamale trio.
Three small tamales, three different stuffings. A shredded pork in rich red sauce, a shredded chicken in green sauce, and a roasted green chile and corn in a creamy cheesy sauce.
My favorite was the roasted chile and corn. The flavors were light and fresh, a bit of smokiness from the roasted peppers, a pop to the corn, and no heaviness to the tamale that I felt with the pork with red sauce. Plus, I was wearing a light shirt and was deathly afraid the red chile sauce would spill and stain (it didn’t, whew).
The dish cost about $10.50, and would be considered an a la carte item. No heavy load of additional rice and beans. It was the smallest plate ordered at the table, the least expensive, and completely pleasant. I would order it again. Especially if what happened last time (again, a business meeting, what up with that??) doesn’t happen again.