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craving restaurants serving super fresh, clean, simple flavors

ever since a few weeks ago when i had a slivered sugar snap salad with tiny arugula and a simple dressing of lemon and olive oil at lupa i have been craving similarly simple, super fresh flavors. it was so good! the sweet crispness of the sugar snaps, the woodsiness of the arugula, the brightness of the lemon... i'm especially craving these tastes now that summer is starting, and with the abundance of local produce.

i'm not thinking specifically restaurants serving local produce, but places that serve simple dishes that really accentuate super fresh ingredients. preferably downtown, any cuisine and any price range. a place where, you know, you take a bite and feel like you have a bit of spring or summer in your mouth. mmm.

thanks, hounds!

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  1. Hearth
    Little Owl
    Perilla

          1. Malatesta for Italian in the WV. Really simple, great salads, grilled meats/fish and excellent fresh pastas.

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            1. re: jdream

              thanks for the suggestions! also, if possible some short descriptions of the food/dishes would be nice.

              i've tried little owl and malatesta - both great recs! i'll check out some of the others, too.

            2. The Spring tasting menus of Gramercy Tavern (both regular and vegetarian) fit your criteria. You can view the menu on their website.

              1. I'm going to echo some that has already been suggested -

                Hearth
                Little Owl

                1. It has been around for awhile, but I think Five Points does a great job with seasonal ingredients in spring. If it is a special I highly recommend the spring pea and mint ravioli in brown butter with sage.

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                  1. re: centrejack

                    mmm those all sound good! thanks guys.