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Thursday, February 10, 2011

No. 68: Prospect's Catcher in the Rye

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

click to enlarge Prospect's Catcher in the Rye cocktail, $11.50. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Prospect's Catcher in the Rye cocktail, $11.50.

SFoodie's countdown of the 92 best things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.

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Brooke Arthur's cocktail program at Prospect is exciting for the broad range of drinks she's producing, from the low-alcohol, dry vermouth- and sherry-based aperitif Central City, to a rich and warming tequila-spiked Mexican hot chocolate previously on the dessert menu. Arthur makes the notion of enjoying a three-course meal composed entirely of cocktails only too reasonable.

In such a scenario, Catcher in the Rye ― a blend of rye whiskey, amontillado sherry, Torani Amer, Grand Marnier, and Abbott's bitters ― would be our entrée of choice. It's based on the Brooklyn cocktail but turns out vastly better in Arthur's hands, a luscious drink with deep flavors and a spiced richness courtesy of the Abbott's bitters, made by bar guru John Deragon in New York. No other bar in San Francisco has them, so they're a one-of-a-kind experience here at Prospect.

A deft hand and a preference for sherry and vermouth make many of Arthur's cocktails particularly food friendly ― just in case you decide to diverge from that drinks-only meal and add a course of solid food from Prospect chef Ravi Kapur. Can't say we'd blame you if you did.

Prospect: 300 Spear (at Folsom), 247-7770.

Dishes in our series so far:

92: Goat tacos from El Norteño

91: Faux shark's fin soup at Benu

90: Esperpento's alcachofas a la plancha

89: Poco Dolce's olive oil chocolate bar

88: Decantr's chicken-liver mousseline

87: Outerlands' levain bread

86: Fraîche's frozen yogurt

85: Gyro King's spinach pie

84: Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi

83: Braised oxtail and daikon from Namu

82: Golden Gate Bakery's custard tart

81: Commonwealth's cured foie gras with umeboshi purée

80: Star Stream's Liège-style waffle

79: Mexican hot chocolate from La Oaxaqueña

78: Meatball sandwich from Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

77: Cheesecake from Zanze's

76: Chicken pepian at San Miguel

75: Macau iced coffee at Vega/Special Xtra

74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

73: Hai Ky Mi Gia's duck leg noodle soup

72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk

71: Boudin noir at Cafe Bastille

70: Blackstrap molasses gingerbread at Lotta's Bakery

69: Plow's crispy potatoes

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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