French-tinged California fare comes to Heritage Square
We're getting closer. The latest evidence: Circa 1900, which has moved into the Heritage Square spot last occupied by Ruby Beet. (The name refers to the building's approximate date of construction.)
The restaurant is the work of Tom Vigil, Robert McCarville and Randy Betnar, a trio of US Airways flight attendants who also operate delightful Coronado Cafe on Seventh Street. They seem to have thought this venture through very carefully. They brought in chef Chris Curtiss from the Bay area, whose French-inflected California seasonal menu emphasizes local ingredients. And they've made an effort to keep prices affordable, with entrée prices around $20.
Appetizers include organic asparagus with Champagne zabaglione ($8), grilled artichoke with black truffle aioli ($9), prawns poached with ginger butter ($9), duck confit with walnut sherry vinaigrette ($12) and a plate of Italian meats, cheeses and fennel ($9).
Main dishes sound tempting: skate wing with bacon and broccoli rabe ($19), duck breast with turnips, greens and pickled onions ($22), flat-iron steak with Bordelaise sauce ($20) and Pacific salmon with a tomato tart ($22).
Right now Circa 1900 is dinner only, but June 1 is the target date to debut a salad-and-sandwich lunch.