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Side Dish: Corners Tavern’s Roasted Salmon

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Nicholas Boer

Our expectations ran high when we heard Adam Carpenter—Diablo’s 2013 pick for Chef of the Year—was taking the helm at Corners Tavern. Happily, those expectations were met and exceeded when we dined anonymously there last week. Carpenter’s ahi tartare comes with an intriguing spice, a citrusy kick that plays off the saltiness of seaweed-flecked chips. Also good was a thick grilled pork chop propped on a grilled apple, set between garlicky pan-fried escarole and a silky sweet potato puree. But the most brilliant dish was the roasted salmon, its skin crusted like glass and its flesh bronzed, supple, and lightly perfumed with smoke. On our visit, it came with a wintery ragout of purple potatoes, apples, and a touch of bacon. Our meal was a good sign indeed. With the refurbished Broadway Plaza soon to be unveiled, Corners Tavern will likely be one hopping spot for holiday shoppers and revelers alike. And we’re all curious to see what Carpenter rings in for 2016.

1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 948-8711, cornerstavern.com. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun.

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