Unlike San Francisco, where the Stinking Rose is king (queen?) and reigns supreme over such lesser, lightweight fare as, say, tamarind, Austin has yet to acquire its own restaurant devoted to the sublimities of that most pungent edible, namely garlic. Sadly, we are lacking in more than downtown parking spaces, but the Alamo Drafthouse is taking up some of the slack with tomorrow evening’s “Ultimate Garlic Experience.”
How ultimate? Dig this: “Chef John Bullington, formerly of Mars Restaurant in Austin, Texas, has joined the Alamo Drafthouse team as the new chef of the Alamo South Lamar which opens in February. John’s first assignment for the company is to prepare this 5-course garlic feast: Amuse bouche — pickled garlic stuffed olives; appetizer — garlic cured salmon with ciabatta crostini, goat and cream cheeses and garlic chives; salad — mixed greens with roast garlic vinaigrette; entree — chicken in a garlic-orange-basil glaze with jasmine rice and broccolli; dessert — roast garlic chocolate truffle in toasted coconut.”
You’ve got to admit that’s pretty ultimate! But, for Austin, hardly ultimate enough, and so in addition to the feast, the Drafthouse will be screening Les Blank’s “Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers” and “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.” I haven’t seen the garlic one, but Herzog’s shoe-ingenstion is a classic of the surreal documentary form. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this, unless, of course, you plan on snogging anyone in the next ten days or so….