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craving restaurants serving super fresh, clean, simple flavors

shirlotta Jun 7, 2007 12:16 PM

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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    Lucia Jun 7, 2007 12:27 PM

    Little Owl

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      elizabeththinks Jun 7, 2007 12:31 PM

      barbuto perhaps

      1. j
        JennS Jun 7, 2007 12:42 PM

        Blue Hill!!!

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          Rodrigo Jun 7, 2007 12:45 PM

          Mary's Fish Camp

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            jdream Jun 7, 2007 12:52 PM

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

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            1. re: jdream
              shirlotta Jun 7, 2007 02:07 PM

              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.

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              kobetobiko Jun 7, 2007 02:15 PM

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

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                RCC Jun 7, 2007 02:58 PM

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

                Little Owl

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                  centrejack Jun 7, 2007 03:01 PM

                  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
                    shirlotta Jun 8, 2007 10:34 AM

                    mmm those all sound good! thanks guys.

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