Black Sheep Brasserie
Black Sheep Brasserie, 1202 Lincoln Ave.
Black Sheep Brasserie’s executive chef Jeff Fitzgerald lights up when he talks about asparagus. Not just any asparagus, but the colossal spears he awaits every spring from Zuckerman Farms in the Sacramento Delta. “It’s absolutely the best flavor of any asparagus, period. When the season is done, asparagus is off the menu.”
It’s the exacting culinary standards of Black Sheep’s owners, chefs and bar masters, honed over years working together at acclaimed fine-dining spots in the region, that makes the restaurant an attractive addition to the Willow Glen food scene. Inspired by French cooking fused with Northern California produce and style, the restaurant blends in with the Willow Glen vibe, with bike racks and dog bowls ready for the locals.
Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant’s cocktails include a concoction called The Lincoln Avenue. Blending house-made passion fruit syrup, bourbon, Calvados and Kronan Swedish Punsch, the cocktail was a favorite of former Sharks hockey player and Willow Glen resident Tommy Wingels. “If the Sharks had won the Stanley Cup, we joked that we’d mix one up in the Cup itself,” says co-owner and bar master Jimmy Marino.
What else is on the spring menu? According to Fitzgerald, look for a bright green chowder made from the day’s most vibrant green vegetables, complemented with butter-poached potatoes, clams and maybe some chopped lobster.