I'll share....I guess.EXPAND
I'll share....I guess.
Anne Marie Panoringan

100 Favorite OC Dishes, #69: Spicy Shrimp And Eggplant from Brio Tuscan Grille

Before Brio, I'd never been to an Italian chain restaurant that didn't seem a little cheesy (and not in the good, stringy way). Most of them were trying too hard to please folks who can't afford a trip to experience the real thing. So the bar was set low the first time I dined at their Irvine Spectrum spot a couple of years ago. Thanks to them, my opinion finally changed for the better.

Every visit was as good as the last, if not better. I've bounced around the menu, but the one dish I request very single time is an appetizer featuring Romano-crusted eggplant and shrimp that's been pan seared, resting in a peppered cream sauce. I manage to convert every dining companion to its crunchy, mildly spicy goodness. And it's perfectly portioned to share while you're waiting for the rest of your meal. Just don't even think about the caloric intake, and you'll be fine.


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