1. Chasing Sage
Our top summer pick, honestly: Already a neighborhood favorite in a part of town with plenty of star restaurants, Chasing Sage flexes its muscles as the summer harvest flows into the kitchen. A recent seasonal tart saw foraged and farmed goodies — green strawberries, peas, green beans, fiddleheads — arranged delicately on a pastry shell lined with goat cheese. Even a modest-sounding recent dish of radishes impresses, served three ways over avocado and topped with puffed grains and trout roe. Crisp veg touches also accent proteins on the menu, with green garlic, peppers, avocado, and green beans alongside the yellowfin crudo. And creative cocktails are ready for you — even on the dessert menu, where a locally foraged loquat sour has had a run.