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O'Keeffe Cafe

October 26, 2005, 12:00 am
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The O'Keeffe Café has great ambiance, fabulous food and excellent wine service. There. You're done. You don't have to read any more. Or would you like to hear about its ***image1***commitment to local ingredients? Chef Jessica Lynn regularly uses (and promotes on the menu) locally grown chicken, lamb, goat cheese, piñons and pistachios-even the signature red roses are from a New Mexico greenhouse. Her warm lobster salad with champagne-tarragon-truffle oil vinaigrette costs a painful $25, but it is so far above and beyond anyone else's lobster salad that it's worth every penny. Owner Michael O'Reilly (who also owns Pranzo), has decades of experience importing and exporting wine, and stocks nearly 200 bottles. His inventive pairings, like beef carpaccio with a Russian River Chardonnay, are meant to delight connoisseurs and expand the horizons of neophytes. Do not miss out on the opportunity to try one of the Café's tasting menus; they're not cheap, but with food of this quality and someone who knows wine as well as Michael O'Reilly doing the pairings, the experience will not soon be forgotten. The spacious patio is one of the best in town, and the indoor dining rooms are nearly unmatched in style, with a stark white and red color scheme and huge food-themed photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe.

217 Johnson St., 946-1065.
Lunch and dinner daily. $$$
www.okeeffecafe.com

 

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