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Best Cal-Med Comfort Food 

Nex

Cutting-edge tongue-thrashing cuisine and teaspoon-sized prix-fixe tidbits have their place, but when you're in the mood for a big platter of comfort food — homey, satisfying sustenance that soothes the soul as it pleasures the belly — head to Nex, Hi-Suk Dong's hip little temple to the deep, rich flavors of Southern Europe and Northern California. Plump green beans are grilled and served with a creamy poached egg and Green Goddess dressing. Velvety gnocchi studded with chunks of porcini mushroom drip with luscious mascarpone. There are marrow bones rich with fatty, gooey goodness; creamy risotto ribboned with chanterelles, squash blossoms, and truffle oil; free-range chickens pressed with a brick and baked until tender, juicy, and golden; medium-rare lamb noisettes served on a bed of buttery puréed cauliflower. Soups and chowders are warm, thick, and nourishing; lusty pasta dishes are crafted on the premises; and for dessert you can indulge in a lush, dark, bittersweet chocolate pot de crème or crunchy spears of hot-from-the-fryer funnel cake with raspberry sauce. Perfectly crafted classic cocktails and the wonderfully eclectic wine list provide comforts of their own.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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