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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Zinnia

500 Jackson St. (Montgomery St.) Send to Phone
415-956-7300
Chef Sean O'Brien brings his biggest hits to this Jackson Square Cal-Med eatery.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Zinnia, San Francisco, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Zinnia Restaurant Review

: Chef Sean O’Brien had a loyal following at the now-closed Myth, and continues to appease his fans at Zinnia, a Jackson Square restaurant located just blocks from where Myth used to be. In some ways, it’s like being in a time warp: even the décor, with fabric-covered banquettes and lots of dark wood, is reminiscent of Myth, and the Cal-Med menu contains some of O’Brien’s old favorites. His rigatoni with foie gras cream, Madera and maitake mushrooms, for instance, is as rich and decadent as ever. Newer dishes, and a fine list of seasonal cocktails, make an impression as well: tender braised octopus is placed atop a flavorful salt cod purée, and a cheeky “chicken and egg” dish combines a poached Jidori egg with chicken hash and a surprisingly addictive crackling of chicken skin (you’ll want to sop up the leftover yolk with the warm bread brought to the table). Despite the fact that entrées are rich, they’re not overbearing, as with a massive braised short rib offset with the tang from horseradish, or stuffed quail with quinoa and mushrooms brightened with savory red-wine sauce and orange segments. If you possibly can, save room for dessert: a lighter-than-expected bread pudding gets a hit of sweet-tart tang from a layer of fresh huckleberries.
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