When: November 18, 2015, 4:10 PM
The Cove Bar’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of a half-dozen or so appetizer-ish dishes that complement the Cove’s extensive cocktail selection. I’ve previously reviewed other Cove food offerings (see: Lobster Nachos, Buffalo Wings), so was curious to see what this dish was like. My brother-in-law, Stan, and I were taking a break from the day, and it seemed like an excellent, share-able item.
First: the presentation is very basic. It’s just a big plate, covered in tortilla chips, with a small, heated, cheese-encrusted dish on the side that holds the dip. It gets plunked down on the table without a lot of ceremony, and, well, there you go.
Second: the chips are excellent. Solid. Sturdy. They’re reasonably fresh, and not over-salted. But their sturdiness is key, because you effectively use them as picks and shovels to excavate the dip from its cheesy tomb. (Plus, once you manage to load your chip with some dip, the absolute last thing you want is to have your chip break under load. Not a danger with these babies.)
Third: the dip. Very good, actually. Stan described it as “cheesy artichoke goodness” and I’m inclined to agree. The cheese on top was a little dry, but the actual dip was creamy, easy to eat, and had plenty of artichoke and spinach flavor. The artichoke and spinach are well-balanced, too – neither one is too dominant – which is good news all around.
Fourth: this is surprisingly filling. We both did the best work we could, but still had a hard time getting through the entire quantity of food. You could serve three people, easily, with this.
Net: I recommend this dish. It’s definitely “bar food,” but it’s good bar food, and a cut above some of the other things on the menu. Give it a shot when you’re next enjoying a Smoked Turkey at DCA.