The Table, 1110 Willow St. at Lincoln Ave.
There aren’t too many places where neighbors offer the bounty from their backyards to their favorite local restaurant. But that’s just what happens at The Table, a rustic-chic eatery serving fresh, seasonal fare for brunch and dinner.
Brian Nicholas, general manager and co-founder of The Table, says neighbors bring in paper bags full of just-picked Meyer lemons that are turned into some of the house-made juices, syrups and purées for the creative cocktails served at the restaurant.
The philosophy behind the restaurant makes sense. Some of life’s most memorable occasions and conversations take place around a table, where good food, good friends and conversation mix. Here the vibe is energetic and casual, yet the food is sophisticated in its simplicity and use of carefully selected ingredients and produce from local farms, dairies and ranches.
The spring season’s menu will likely include sides and ingredients like English peas, green garlic, spring alliums and Mount Shasta morels as well as perennial favorites like their signature burger with aged white cheddar. The Table encourages diners to try less-familiar dishes, such as roasted bone marrow with salsa verde and charred ciabatta, a nod to different cultures that use all parts of an animal in their cuisine.
Tucked behind the iconic 1950s neon sign that lets you know you’re in Willow Glen, the eatery serves diners indoors, outdoors and in its lively lounge.