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Kinkead's - and a thank you to Jim Zurer!


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Kinkead's - and a thank you to Jim Zurer!

Terrie H. | | Feb 25, 2002 06:45 PM

Thanks to Jim, whose opinions I've come to respect since I've been reading here, I had a memorable dinner at Kinkead's this weekend (of course, all the other input I gathered helped, too!).

I had a special occasion this weekend and decide to go with Kinkead's, a place I have wanted to try for quite a while. My quick review is this:

Contrary to so many reviews, we found the front of the house staff to be quite friendly and pleasant - not a snooty person to be found. Our server was especially warm and it was obvious that she knew many of her clients well enough to even garner a hug from one group.

It is definitely a place that manages to have a special occasion feel without being limiting. There were jackets, there were even a few ties, but there were plenty of neither. This was the ideal place for my date, who wanted a special meal without pretensions. There were young couples where a tall glass of beer was served, and a couple of tables with people who had brought their own wines.

The sommelier is incredibly unobtrusive, but his presence is amazing. Our server chatted with us on our wine choice, and mentioned the resources the sommelier has given them. The sommelier came to every table, even if it was just to peek at our choice and top off our glasses.

The seafood is impeccable, and the sauces are some of the best I've had. Even the desserts are great. The highlight of our meal was the appetizer "lobster gratin with lobster, potato and parmesan gnocchi, fennel sherry cream and basil" - incredible gnocchi that are creamy at the center and crusty on the top, with a sauce that blended the listed ingredients into a much better whole.

Someone here mentioned that the pepita crusted salmon was one of their favorites, and we ordered it, too. What a great dish! We also ordered another signature dish - cod with crab imperial, and it was fabulous, including the mustard cream sauce (though the spoonbread was dry) - I'd beg for another serving of that crab imperial topping!

I wanted to add a little bit of information to the general endorsements of this restaurant. We loved it!