100 Very Best Restaurants: – Preserve

Preserve's carrots with cumin yogurt. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Preserve

cuisines
American

Pickling, preserving, and fermenting are passions of owners Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman. So is pushing boundaries on their all-day menu with plates like fried duck tongues with chili crunch and aïoli or a fabulous Reuben that trades deli-style slices of corned beef for beef tongue. But there are more crowd-pleasing takes, too, such as smoked-salmon hash browns with garlicky cream cheese, a Roseda Farm tomahawk steak, and homey apple cobbler. Drinks pair well with the food, whether alcoholic (thyme-infused tequila with beet shrub) or not (housemade lime soda). Moderate.