Maybe you've heard that Slanted Door and Coi (pronounced "Coi") won some lovely trinkets at last night's James Beard Awards? The former nabbed Best Overall Restaurant in Musical/Comedy, while the latter took home Best Featured Actor in a Play. Or something like that. But, of course, what makes these two restaurants so special, way above mere accolades, are their menus. And here's Coi's:


GRILLED SPOT PRAWN fermented carrot, cucumber, opal basil
ASPARAGUS COOKED IN ITS JUICE green flavors, sprouted rye berries
DUNGENESS CRAB AND HAM HOCK SOUP spring vegetables, ginger, lemongrass, cilantro
STEAMED MOREL-POTATO DUMPLING braised lettuce, green garlic, thyme
DRY AGED PASTURED BEEF meyer lemon kosho, cabbage
GLAZED STRAWBERRIES sesame licorice, wild fennel sherbet
VANILLA CAKE rhubarb, hibiscus

(For Slanted Door, check out the lineup here.)

Coi is definitely the more special of the two, if I may. Coi's Daniel Patterson, who won Best Chef-West last night, has a knack for culinary techniques that borders on insanity. It's worth the $195, if you can swing it.

Seatings at Coi are open tonight at 5:30, 6:00, 8:30, and 9:00 seatings, while reservations for Slanted Door are booked up booked until tomorrow night. (Pst, both restaurants have special spots for diners sans reservations who arrive early. Call for details.)