The 25-seat Tenderloin bistro Huxley, which opened last fall, is the debut effort of Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters) and executive chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole). Its rustic, heartfelt menu includes the charred squid salad, full of California staples such as avocado, cilantro, and mint. The simple dish can be tailored to fit any season: Substitute chickpeas with lentils or quinoa for a hearty, cold-weather meal or, Hauman recommends, wait for summer to add sweet tomatoes for the perfect picnic salad.
At Oakland’s Doña Tomás, a stylish bastion for upscale Mexican fare (Oakland is ahead of the curve in this category), authentic chiles rellenos steal the show. Inspired by the traditional dish from Mexico City, chef Thomas Schnetz adds a healthy twist by serving the goat cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chiles baked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower sauce, with a drizzle of crema and a bright garnish of pomegranate seeds.
You could say Camino chef Russ Moore knows his way around a kebab—every Monday night at his Oakland restaurant, he creates three-courses around the skewered stuff. So we asked him how he takes Thanksgiving leftovers to the next level: “I often just roast the breast for Thanksgiving dinner and save the legs for kebabs the next day. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll make some flatbread to cook on the grill once the kebabs come off.”
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