One by one, local restaurants that feature wallet-busting, elaborate, dinner-only tasting menus are finding other ways to bring in diners at slightly lower price points and smaller amounts of food. Journeyman, for one, is about to undergo some renovations, and when it returns, it'll devote Monday through Wednesday nights to a more casual dinner setting with an a la carte menu. Tasting Counter, which features a nine-course dinner menu, introduced weekend late-night snacks soon after opening and launches a three-course lunch tomorrow.
In Fort Point, Menton debuted its ritzy Gold Bar last year, a cocktail lounge with a small food menu — at that time, the only opportunity to taste Menton's food outside of the $125-and-up tasting menus. Today, Barbara Lynch's priciest restaurant announced that it will begin serving lunch on Wednesdays through Fridays, starting on April 6, in both the Gold Bar and the main dining room.
There's a two-course lunch available for $48 featuring pasta, and diners can be out within an hour if need be. (Dessert and cheese can be added as a supplement, and menu items are available a la carte as well. And don't worry: There are croissants.)
Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.