No. 73. Kale and Mushroom Flatbread at 320 Main
Kale and Mushroom Flatbread with fried egg at 320 Main
Flatbreads became trendy at some point after gastropubs embedded themselves in the culinary zeitgeist. A old-school pub can proudly serve a cheeseburger and pizza, but a gastropub must raise the stakes with a grass-fed porterhouse burger and flatbread.
Still, many high-concept gastropubs make a sodden, sorry excuse for flatbread crust because they think using pricier ingredients compensates for poor pizza-making technique. That's not the case at 320 Main, the craft-cocktail bar and restaurant in Seal Beach. Here, the ingredients showcase a grilled crust that's perfectly baked.
The crust forms the vital foundation, but you can't hope to call your pizza a flatbread unless you have seriously flavorful, high-quality ingredients. Spanish Manchego and tangy parmesan cheese add flavor to the gooey mozzarella. Kale and mushroom lend their flavors and absorb the fat from the three-cheese blend and the truffle oil in the background.
320 Main has the option to add a fried egg for $2 to just about anything on their menu, and you'll want to take that option for your flatbread. The perfectly cooked sunny-side up egg with a runny yolk commingles with the rest of the flavorful ingredients, and they make the richest, most flavorful sauce that you'll sop up with your flatbread.
It's not pizza-by-the-slice that you fold in half and eat Tony Manero-style as you strut down the street. Once you flood all this gooey goodness on your plate, your flatbread is a crisp, perfectly-grilled crust that's a vehicle to absorb all the juices. Yeah, you'll probably use a fork and knife so you don't get egg yolk all over your fingers. But even if you do - other flatbread customers will nod knowingly as you both bond over your finger-lickin' bad manners.
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