100 Favorite Dishes: No. 79, Bacio's crispy ahi tuna spring roll
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
Spring rolls are a dime a dozen nowadays. The once rare appetizer now adorns happy hour menus everywhere. But all spring rolls are not created equal, and Bacio's crispy ahi tuna spring roll proves that. Though Bacio's food is mostly Italian, with a bit of Asian fused in here and there, this dish stands apart from all the other versions in town.
The roll -- somen noodles, perfectly textured ahi, and a chunk of avocado, wrapped, chopped, and served with a side of soy, drizzled with a wasabi reduction and pickled ginger -- is served as an all-day appetizer and on the happy hour menu.
Bacio's happy hour is pretty stellar. No apps exceed $7 (with the spring rolls ringing in at only $6) and specialty cocktails max out at just $5.
We know you've had about a hundred variations on the spring roll by now, and they all might be starting to taste the same, but Bacio has done it right. Whether it's the balance of crispy to tuna, the ripe chunk of avocado, or even the ginger, this place has got it down.