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Dining Out With Friends And So It Begins … Not long ago, we were driving down Sixth Street in Gilroy and happened upon Janet and Mike Thompson heading towards The Milias Restaurant with some friends. It just so happened that this was on a Monday and The Milias isn’t open on Mondays. In a quick conversation, we in our car, them on the street, we suggested they try Old City Hall Restaurant just across the street. We ran into Janet and Mike a short time after that encounter at a community event in Morgan Hill and asked them how their evening went. They thanked us for the suggestion and told us that they really liked the food, service and atmosphere. Well, J. Chris and I — being the foodies that we are, and enjoying the company of friends — thought, what a great idea — Dining Out With Friends. It was only right that we invite Janet and Mike to join us at Old City Hall for our first article. We plan to share our Dining Out With Friends experiences in each issue of TODAY . Let us know if you have a favorite restaurant experience that you think would be fun to share. gmh Written By Larry J. Mickartz 90 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN W e arrived at Old City Hall at 6 pm on a windy Tuesday evening. We discussed dining outside, but felt the wind might be a distraction. We were pleased to fi nd that they carried wines from a local winery, Fortino Winery. We started with a bottle of 2013 Carignon and enjoyed the intermingling plum, raspberry and creamy blackberry fruits. They also carry Fortino Chardonnay, Reisling and Maribella and have a full bar; for those who prefer a cocktail. Old City Hall has a wide variety of appetizers to select from so we had a bit of a challenge in deciding which ones to begin with. We settled on the Lobster Corn Dogs (chunks of lobster in a corn batter served with mustard and a light, fresh cole slaw … “really good”); Jalapeno Poppers (spicy but not over the top, made the wine take on a cherry flavor that made both taste… “yummy”); and the Wisconsin Cheese Curds (lightly breaded Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds deep fried to perfection served with Chimichurri sauce… “a little chewy, in a good way and a little salty but delicious”). We all agreed that we were definitely up for a do-over on our next visit to Old City Hall. As we solved the problems of the world and most of the local issues, our salads and soup arrived accompanied by a nice bas- ket of very fresh out of the oven rolls and butter. J. Chris had the “City Hall” Tomato Bisque soup (a Gilroy favorite, topped with croutons and parmesan cheese). She couldn’t find the parmesan but we asked our waitress, Kim, and she cleared up the mystery. It was under the large herbed crouton that was floating on top of the soup. J. Chris enjoyed the full, rich flavor — and the parmesan accompaniment. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 gmhtoday.com