After a long hiatus (thanks grad school) I found some time to write about my best dining experience in a while.
Other than a bit of an identity crisis, Paloma is fantastic. Honestly, it's been quite some time since I've felt compelled to tell so many people about my dinner. Paloma defines itself as "Haute Mexican," while Zagat and Yelp both give a nod to French. Honestly, it's a fusion restaurant that does have leanings towards Mexican with the glazes and spices, whatever you call it: it's damn good.
I dined at Paloma on a thursday night, and it was oddly empty inside; only two other tables. Still, the decor is nice. Steve, our server, has an excellent knowledge of wines. Bring a few bottles and he'll be able to pair one best with whatever you order. The service overall is fantastic.
During week days, Paloma runs a 3 course fixe prix menu at an even-better-than Restaurant Week $30. it's BYO to boot, so this is really one of the finest places you can dine on a budget. Even the regular menu is filled with reasonably priced options.
I started with the mushroom flan and my date had the Caesar salad. Both were great, just depends on how you want to start you meal. The portion on the salad was generous.
Bottom Line: I can almost taste my food again by just writing this. Bella Vista BYO offers delicious food with one of the city's best "bang for your buck" deals. Get here soon.
763 S 8th St (at Christian)
http://www.palomafinedining.com and on opentable
Cash Only: No