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McCabe Leaves 1540

foodiechick Oct 18, 2011 01:54 PM

Via Riveria's Troy Johnson:

HUGE SD FOOD NEWS. Paul McCabe leaves Kitchen1540 to be chef-partner @ Delicias. Remodel/redo. 4 locations planned for SD.

Delicias Restaurant
6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

  1. k
    karaethon Oct 21, 2011 10:50 AM

    I was at 1540 last night and caught wind of some of their plans. After McCabe leaves, they are going much more traditional with more just appetizer and entrees.

    The menu is going to be "dumbed down" to be more focused towards the chicken and salmon spectrum. I can totally see 1540 becoming the next Arterra (in a bad way)...

    Arterra Restaurant
    11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

    8 Replies
    1. re: karaethon
      foodiechick Oct 21, 2011 11:33 AM

      That is really sad news. What a huge step backwards.

      1. re: foodiechick
        stevewag23 Oct 21, 2011 01:30 PM

        North County does seem like it is going in a "one step forward, two steps back" routine.

        "more focused towards the chicken and salmon spectrum" doesn't sound too fun, but we shouldn't close the casket until it opens.

      2. re: karaethon
        honkman Oct 21, 2011 12:36 PM

        I will give them the benefit of doubt before the new chef will have time to have an impact on the menu. Having appetizers and entrees like before is not bad as we had an outstanding tasting menu at that time. Even dumbing down the menu could still left good food on the menu but overall I agree that I tend to be also not really excited about the recent changes at Blanca and 1540

        1. re: karaethon
          Pentagarn Oct 21, 2011 04:01 PM

          We didn't have a good experience with the newer style of sample/savor/share menu they offered, so I don't think that's necessarily a bad decision. There are plenty of places in the U.S. that do the appetizer/entree style and put out superb food, so I don't think there's anything wrong with that in itself.

          It's disappointing to hear they feel they have to dumb-down the food at the same time, though. I thoroughly enjoyed Kitchen 1540 before the newer-style menu and I'll be sad to see them lose everything they had. Perhaps they just don't know what they'll be until they actually get a new chef?

          I'll be curious to see what Delicias does with McCabe, though it's a bit more of a drive for those of us not living in North County.

          Delicias Restaurant
          6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

          1. re: Pentagarn
            stevewag23 Oct 21, 2011 04:32 PM

            "It's disappointing to hear they feel they have to dumb-down the food"

            It is a tried and true recipe for success.

            1. re: Pentagarn
              honkman Oct 21, 2011 06:37 PM

              Based on recent interview McCabe is not planning to have food similar to Kitchen1540 at his new place. He wants to have (surprise, surprise) more casual, bistro-style food and will change Delicias in that direction.

              1. re: honkman
                stevewag23 Oct 21, 2011 08:18 PM

                Is he going to have craft beers?


                Perhaps some Deviled eggs?

                Maybe some Mac and Cheese for $14?

            2. re: karaethon
              Rodzilla Apr 28, 2012 11:47 PM

              I think you misheard.

            3. m
              mjill Oct 18, 2011 05:22 PM

              Sounds like we know where Maitland will land...

              1 Reply
              1. re: mjill
                Chowchowchris Oct 18, 2011 09:25 PM

                Let's hope not.. Maitland seems to ruin everything he is involved with. Big loss for 1540 though...

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