Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Moveable Feast

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge "All the Way" mashed potato cone at the Lighthouse Grill in Trinidad. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • "All the Way" mashed potato cone at the Lighthouse Grill in Trinidad.

Tragically, the lure of delicately battered fish and chips might keep one from trying the mashed potato cone ($5) at the Lighthouse Grill. There you are at the edge of the sea, salt air, outdoor seating — can you really order a land-locked menu item?

Yes. Yes, you can. This is not some state fair gimmick. It's a freshly rolled cornmeal and herb waffle cone, like a crisped version of the savory-sweet cornbread that comes with chili or Thanksgiving dinner. Inside is a hot dollop of creamy mashed potato, fallen-apart brisket in gravy, melting cheddar cheese and pieces of smoky bacon. You can also go vegetarian with veggie gravy and cheese ($4).

Do not try go at it without utensils like an ice cream — too risky with the fragile cone. Get in there with a fork and hog toppings; others at your table will want a taste, and you didn't come here to make friends.

If the joint is jumping at the, there will be a wait. It took nearly an hour for us, so think outside the box and maybe get an ice cream first so you're not too weak to lift a fork when the main course arrives.

Is it wrong to want a turkey version for the holidays? Consider how easy dinner with relatives would be if you could just pick up your dinner in a handy cone and take a walk. You know, just around the block.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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