A couple Fridays ago I slid into Manzanita near 10pm with my fingers crossed hoping that they'd still be serving. At that hour, the restaurant and bar areas were more than half full giving me reason to be optimistic. I caught the eye of a frazzled server who nodded and said she'd check with the kitchen if I wouldn't mind taking a seat at the bar.
Michael, the owner, handed me a menu in the middle of pulling a couple of espressos, and another waiter offered me a glass of ice water on this warm night. Hot and tired, I only wanted a light bite. The flatbread of the day topped with kampachi carpaccio, radish slices and drizzled with citrus dressing was just the ticket. The blistered, cracker-crisp crust had a tinge of smokiness from the wood-burning oven and a nice yeasty character. It was even tastier in the spots where the citrus dressing had moistened the surface and soaked in. The radishes added a clean, peppery bite against the richly oily fish. A glass of minerally 2004 Nora Albariño was perfect with this combination of flavors.