The first meal at Rustic Canyon was a collection of individually very tasty dishes that didn't quite seem to work in harmony. This second meal was a much smaller meal that worked much better. Stuck to the standouts from the first, the roast chicken (NOMNOMNOM how can chicken be this good??), the chilled beans (still superb), and the salad (because you need veggies). Still not sure how they can do chicken so much better than beef or fish, but after two tries I think that's pretty convincing.
And of course, the pozole. 'cause that was amazing. Packed with seafood, although not cheap. Perhaps the best value was the bread ($8), which was saved for the next day and with its delightfully chewy/firm crust.
Verdict: worth it, worked better than the first, but something about the combo of sides didn't seem ideal.
Dessert was an unexpected discovery at the supermarket, brown turkey figs. As fragile as they are, more than half were still tasty, sweet, and soft yet firm. Maybe two were a little far gone but not bad (glad I didn't wait to eat them!), and maybe two could have used a little more ripening. Figs are always hard to transport, so this was a pleasant surprise.