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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Seasonal Dish: Where to Savor Spring Asparagus

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Pizzetta 211's seasonal asparagus dish captures the freshness of early spring. - ANASTASIA CROSSON
  • Anastasia Crosson
  • Pizzetta 211's seasonal asparagus dish captures the freshness of early spring.

The San Francisco dining scene can be described as trend-setting or status-quo, traditional or modern, yet there is one inarguable common thread in the city's go-to favorite restaurants and hidden gems: seasonality. It's time for bright spring flavors to call our palates out of hibernation. Let's take a look at the Seasonal Dish from restaurants who are getting it right.

The first seasonal dish to savor? Dark Horse Inn's seasonal menu starter, asparagus with burrata and house-made pickled shallots ($7). With a locally-sourced, house made whenever possible, and seasonal approach to food, Dark Horse Inn is a go-to neighborhood favorite in the Excelsior -- and it's easy to see why with this aparagus dish, which captures the freshness of the early shoots just coming into season.

Dark Horse Inn's asparagus with burrata and shallots. - ANASTASIA CROSSON
  • Anastasia Crosson
  • Dark Horse Inn's asparagus with burrata and shallots.

Charred asparagus mingling with warmed burrata turns simply-dressed produce into something rich and decadent. A simple peppered olive oil dressing with a tangy bite from the house-made shallot pickles creates a depth of contrasting flavors. Pair this starter with FiftyFifty Farmhouse Ale ($6, 10 oz.), just one of many craft brews Dark Horse Inn rotates on tap. This farmhouse ale has a dry, slight acidity which plays well with the astringent and sweet qualities of asparagus.

Over in the outer Richmond, Pizzetta 211's simple asparagus spring menu starter ($10.50) is also worth a seasonal mention. Asparagus lightly dressed in a blend of parsley, chive, mint, lemon zest, boiled egg with a peppercress garnish and toasted almonds. The light dressing adds a citrus flavor and complementing garnishes lend a not-at-all overpowering peppery bite and a bit of texture. This spring at Pizetta 211, expect seasonal pizzas featuring flavor combinations like asparagus, pea tendrils, Fontina and almond picada ($15.50).

For a sweet seasonal finish, Bi-Rite Creamery's brought back the must-have Meyer Lemon Ice Cream ($3.50, single scoop). Only once a year can you count on this sweeter variety of lemon to brighten a frozen concoction. Try it ice cream sandwich-style with the salted lavender cookies for a sticky, sweet-sour-salty combo.

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Anastasia Crosson

Anastasia has been writing freelance since 2010 and is a 2012 alum of San Jose State University, B.S. Journalism and Mass Communications. Storytelling is her passion, and she has made a career a career of it working with top brands and publishers. You can follow her @savvymediagal Her foodie... more


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