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Maverick report

Absonot | Aug 2, 200504:33 PM

After trying Range last Friday, I decided last night to try another new Mission restaurant: Maverick.

They've transformed the old Limon space into a darker, cozier place that feels quite comfortable. The wine list is all American wines, and pretty interesting. The half bottle list was small but well chosen. The menu covered a bit of everything; salmon, halibut, chicken, steak, scallops, squab (or maybe it was quail). Entrées were around $17.

I ordered a half bottle of the Sinkey Pinot Blanc, a beet and goat cheese salad and seared dayboat scallop entrée.

The beet salad was generous - I get beet salad a lot, and this one had nearly twice as much beet than I've ever seen before. A few greens (mache?), a nice dollop of goat cheese and a pistachio dressing completed the dish. The pistachio dressing had no discerning pistachio flavor, but its low level of acidity worked well with the earthy beets.

The entrée was lovely - four perfectly seared and seasoned dayboat scallops rested on a rectangular plate on top of corn coulis, cauliflower puree and small cauliflower florets. Split sugar snap peas and a scattering of chive blossoms accented the plate. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and found it surprisingly filling.

Desserts were unexciting to me - dense chocolate cake, milkshakes, 2-cheese plate, nectarine crisp, and others I can't recall. I passed.

Total for the wine, salad and scallops was $60- not cheap, but I splurged on the wine. Service was friendly, but not especially knowledgeable.

This place is definitely worth a try.

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