The dodo was a large flightless bird related to the pigeon that went extinct several hundred years ago. With any amount of luck, the Sugar House restaurant by the same name will not experience the same result. Quite the contrary, actually.
I expect this one will fly.
I had no idea what to expect when I walked into The Dodo. I hadn’t read any reviews and, because it was a spur of the moment choice, I hadn’t asked around about it, either. My wife–very pregnant and feeling more than a bit of “cabin fever”–was due for a night out, sans toddler, and we decided to go a step up from our usual haunts (Cafe Rio, ya know?).
The Dodo was our pick. It was not a mistake.
Seated quickly in what was obviously a busy hour (about 7 PM on a Saturday night), we were quickly brought drinks. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and the specials for the night, and he did a great job at keeping our glasses full. The service was great all night, and near the end of the meal, the manager came around to check that everything was to our satisfaction.
At the waiter’s recommendation, we ordered some blackened shrimp tacos while we waited for the main course. They must have been a special, because they weren’t on the menu. However, they were delicious. In retrospect, I wonder if I might have been satisfied, and filled, by a second order of the tacos.
For dinner, I ordered the Shrimp Margarita Pasta. I guess I just hadn’t had enough shrimp, yet. It was fresh and just a bit spicy, and it had just the right mix of flavors. Other than the avocado, I enjoyed the angel hair pasta tossed with tomato, shrimp, and onion and garnished with cilantro.
When asked if we wanted dessert, we were too full to fit it. Since eating there, at least three friends have mentioned how good the desserts are, noting that the chef has been working on perfecting them for some twenty-five years, so I regret my decision. Next time, I’ll get dessert to go.
If you’re in the neighborhood, I recommend the Dodo. It’s a delicious and delightful stop just up from the usual haunts and well worth the extra cost, too.