July 22, 2012 at 11:35 am , by Serina Patrick
The drive back from Alabama was uneventful, conveniently ending in my neighborhood right at dinner time. Little T wanted Yogli Mogli for dinner (not a terrible idea) but LC and I thought it might be prudent to have it for dessert. So we stopped by an old favorite, Diesel, for a bite.
I tend to forget that Diesel is a smoky bar, full of tattooed dudes and chicks with multiple body piercings since we always sit on the patio. Its rock ‘n’ roll vibe doesn’t quite fit into the preppy persona of the Virginia Highlands. We ordered a couple of Miller Lites and watched a zombie movie marathon on the flat screen TV.
Little T ordered the house salad while LC and I decided to split the special, pork tenderloin stuffed with a mixture of dried apricots and walnuts, then wrapped in bacon and smoked in their Big Green Egg. irresistible! We chose corn on the cob and jicama coleslaw as our sides.
At first I was disappointed with the pork. The stuffing was beige with no discernable flavor. However, LC pointed out that the meat was very tender. A bright cranberry liquid was spooned on top giving a dish a somewhat “bloody” appearance (maybe it was a side effect of the zombie’s munching on each other’s limbs) and lending a tangy sweetness to the dish. We enjoyed the crunchy slaw but the corn lacked the spicy seasoning promised on the menu. And butter.
Considering where we were, I decided it was a passable dinner. Next up, Yogli Mogli!
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