At this new Belltown gastropub, chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough’s seasonal, sensational small plates all have an element of surprise, like pork belly sliders with orange marmalade.
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Although it occupies a sprawling space, Spruce is a hard place to get a table. <a href="/bestnewchefs/?year=2002&chef=EA57783A-D911-4DA5-97D6E296E5CED6DC">Mark Sullivan (an F&W Best New Chef 2002)</a> prepares seasonal American dishes using as much produce from the restaurant’s farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains as possible. Complementing his cooking is a dense 46-page wine list filled with cult labels.
We loved: Butter-poached lobster with gnocchi and braised lettuce; raw and cooked zucchini salad.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.