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The Bywater

532 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (Thurston St.) Send to Phone
408-560-9639
A New Orleans-inspired restaurant and bar from Manresa's David Kinch.
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Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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The Bywater, Los Gatos, CA

The Bywater Restaurant Review

: Located just down the street from David Kinch's restaurant Manresa, this small, casual New Orleans-inspired enclave from the famed chef features the cuisine of David Morgan (Restaurant August, Cyrus) and a beverage program of classic cocktails led by Claire Sprouse and Chad Arnholt. Start with a clarified Ramos gin fizz, which looks more like a glass of sparkling with a lemon peel, or a French 75 with gin or Cognac. Standout dishes include the chicken liver mousse with a refreshing crust of tomatillo jam, served with toasted Manresa bread. Shrimp and avocado rémoulade is zestily replete with horseradish and topped with fried onions, while hearty chunks of fried green tomatoes are served with boiled egg and a dressing with just a smack of anchovy. Satisfying Gumbo Ya Ya comes with crab leg, unpeeled shrimp and a hot link in a smoky rich roux --- vegetarians might opt for Gumbo Z’Herbes. Po' boys are enormous ($15 for hot links, $19 for fried oysters or shrimp) and beg to be shared. Beignets have good flavor but are a tad heavy. Great selection of French bubbles beginning at $14 per glass, along with a strong collection of European whites and reds. Brunch on weekends features Orchard Milk Punch and Creole Bloody Marys. No reservations.

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