Paseo closed: The bummer heard 'round the world.

Faithful Nosh Pit readers already know where this critic has been deflated by dirty restaurant soundtracks and waiters apologizing as they serve wilted salads.

And of course there was the restaurant shutdown heard ‘round the world: The Cuban sandwich restaurant, Paseo, which closed just days before Cuba opened.  

Other disappointments got less airplay. The food at Cassis, nowhere near as good as the place or the service. The cardboardlike flatbreads at the otherwise welcoming Tallulah’s. The lackluster nachos at Nacho Borracho. The stunningly talented chef Jason Wilson sidestepping his nuanced skills by opening a steakhouse, Miller’s Guild. The very careful service at Restaurant Marron—proving that sometimes service can be too careful.

A few emerging trends sounded alarms this year, from the increasing rejection of starches to the growing practice of restaurants closing for private parties.

And then there were the closures: most disappointing to this critic being the late great Dot’s Charcuterie and Bistro (may it rest in peace…then come back, please), Tangletown’s neighborhood gem Eva, the Central District stalwart Catfish Corner, lovely La Bete, and poor Dulce’s—mostly because it makes more news for closing than it does for anything else.

 

 

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