Chef Isaac Toups recently competed on the 13th season of Top Chef, a California road trip-themed series of challenges. He made it to the final four contestants and was named the show's fan favorite in an online vote. On the show, he used a version of the signature lamb's neck dish at Toups Meatery. He also created new dishes, such as a venison dish he added to the menu. And he created the infamous "banannaise" — a banana mayonnaise — which he says his wife Amanda will not allow him to put on the restaurant's menu.
Whether they are short-lived specials or future menu mainstays, there always are new things to try at local restaurants. Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide includes all sorts of original and seasonal dishes, as well as signature items and local classics. The guide includes everything from coffeeshops and cafes to steak and seafood houses. Listings feature menu descriptions, hours of operation, reservation policies and more.
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