What are we without standards? Ah, but what of standards pivoting smartly with seasonal harvests, all reinvented with a frontera soul that nods to a global palate? That’s the plan at this popular neighborhood bistro. We stake our evening’s success on the starter of baked Brie, glistening with a pasilla-chile-and-piloncillo crust, a dazzling counterpart to the unctuous cheese when spread on French bread. Rare ahi tuna, with grilled asparagus as parentheses, is crusted with sesame and peanuts and ready for dipping in a tantalizing lemongrass soy sauce. Baked chicken crepes revisit the expected au gratin decadence with a kick of rich poblano sauce. The end to a perfect date? Dessert crepes layered with cajeta, fruit, or Nutella. Stylish house cocktails can also mark the end with good cheer.
Cuisine: New American