Jayne’s Sopa Azteca is inspired by her days at legendary chef Reed Hearon’s Café Marimba on Chesnut St. in San Francisco. Jayne was server nonpareil and expert at fending off the advances of cheeky regular Don Johnson, who practically lived at Marimba during the run of Nash Bridges.
Sopa Azteca (Aztec Soup) is a tomato-based soup made with Pasilla and Guajillo chiles and slowly braised pulled chicken, garnished with queso fresco, tortilla strips, Mexican oregano, and plump ripe avocado.
A meal in itself. $9
Just smelling its warm aromas from the kitchen this afternoon, this comfort-food soup brought back memories of carefree college days during the dot com boom.
Also back by popular demand…
Alaskan Halibut Ceviche, with avocado, tomatillo salsa, and tortilla chips fried to order (never stale). $12.50
Pair with hand-shaken Hornitos Margarita made with freshly squeezed lime juice (is there any other way to make a great Margarita?) $8
1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Sunday night found us celebrating our first anniversary (can you believe that it’s been a year?) at one of our favorite dining destinations, Zuni Café in San Francisco.
We were there the night before ex-New York Times restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni and we agree with his assessment that the food is as “flavorful as ever.”
You really can’t go wrong at Zuni and we highly recommend the raw bar there.
We drank one of our favorite Loire Valley wines by Eric Nicolas, the 2007 single-vineyard Coteaux du Loir “L’Effraie” Domaine de Bellivière, a killer very much terroir-driven expression of Chenin Blanc. We agree with the Wine Doctor that Nicolas’ Chenin is one of the most unique wines of the region. Check out his profile of the winery here.
Thank you everyone for all the nice notes we’ve received on the blog, on Facebook, and via email. It’s been an amazing year for us on so many levels and we couldn’t do it without the love and support of our family and friends!
On deck for tomorrow, part 2: drinking Nebbiolo at Chez Panisse.