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June 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

A big change in the Presidio comes with the opening of Dixie at One Letterman Drive from chef Joseph Humphrey --- big in terms of the size of the restaurant, and the talent, as Humphrey achieved acclaim for his work at Murray Circle and The Restaurant at Meadowood in wine country. Humphrey is from Florida, and Dixie's contemporary cuisine and atmosphere are Southern-inspired --- the restaurant's logo is a drawing of the barn that has stood on Humphrey's family farm since the 1890's. Humphrey's refined touch remains present --- à la carte starters include smoked, raw or fried local oysters with Southern-inspired pairings such as hot pepper vinegar and creamed cress with pickled onion; and chicken-fried quail with garlic waffle and spicy cabbage salad. Mains include black cod with bourbon and red miso, leeks, farro and buttermilk, and Humphrey's sophisticated take on chicken and dumplings. The chef's tasting menu is $72, and wine pairings an additional $54, and there's a chef's table inside the kitchen. The expansive dining room by Michael Brennan seats 120, a lounge accommodates 30, the bar (with additional bar menu) holds 17 and an outdoor patio with Presidio views seats 40 guests. Humphrey's partner in the venture is Khalid Lahlou. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Dixie, One Letterman Dr., San Francisco, CA 94129, 415-829-3363.
 

News Bytes

Changes at E&O
Union Square standby E&O Trading Company has reopened under the new name E&O Asian Kitchen after an extensive remodel. The three-level restaurant, bar and lounge has always been a popular space for Financial District and Union Square gatherings --- though the lush, almost kitschy décor had probably seen one too many happy hours. Look for a sleek new design and continued caliber of modern Asian cuisine under consulting chef Arnold Eric Wong and chef Sharon Nahm. Check out more at http://www.eosanfrancisco.com/. E & O Trading Company, 314 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-693-0303.
 
Manresa Turns Ten
In honor of Manresa restaurant's tenth anniversary in July, chef David Kinch will host a series of guest chef dinners dubbed "Cooking with Friends," culminating in two special alumni evenings. On July 11, Kinch welcomes chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles for a multiple course tasting menu inspired by the sea; chefs John and Karen Shields, formerly of Town House in Chilhowie, Virginia (and a new Philadelphia restaurant soon to be named), will join Kinch on July 12, to create a fruits and vegetables themed tasting menu; and Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta's and Blanca, both in Brooklyn, will be the guest collaborator July 13, for a tasting menu focused on pasture, meat and forest. Then Saturday and Sunday nights, July 14-15, Kinch will be flanked by Manresa alumni, including Belinda Leong, John Paul Carmona, Charlie Parker, James Syhabout, Jeremy Fox, Michael Gaines and Marty Cattaneo. Cost per person for the first three nights is $175, and for the alumni dinners is $198, exclusive of wine pairings, tax and tip. Call 408-354-4330 for reservations. Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 

Chef Shuffle

Pican has a new executive chef. Sophie Uong has cooked at Waterbar, 900 Grayson in Berkeley and most recently worked as executive chef of Betty Zlatchin Catering in San Francisco. Items on Uong's new dinner menu include blue crab profiteroles with braised fennel and hickory smoked pimento cream, smoked Berkshire pork belly with Creole mustard, cherry piccalilli and pan-fried grit hasty pudding, and hoecake stack and smothered field peas with Rancho Gordo pigeon peas, creamed leeks and pea greens. Much of Pican's original dishes remain, including the fried chicken, shrimp and grits and smoked brisket meatloaf. Pican, 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-834-1000.
 

Closings

A couple of closures to note: Lime in the Castro shuttered in early June. The popular brunch spot was known more for its cocktails and party atmosphere than its food in recent years. And on May 19, The Cosmopolitan folded up shop after 12 years. In Oakland, B Restaurant shuttered abruptly at the end of May. Stay tuned for news of what will replace these three notable restaurant spaces.
 

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