BiteClub got an exclusive peek at the forthcoming menu for Chalkboard, the casual dining restaurant that’s replacing Cyrus in Healdsburg’s Les Mars Hotel. The menu will source much of its produce from the legendary Chalk Hill Gardens (part of Les Mars owner Bill Foley’s portfolio), so expect lots of seasonal specialties on the menu like micro greens, squash blossoms, stinging nettles, nasturtium greens, peas, leeks and asparagus this spring.
Chef Shane McAnelly does a mix of low and high-brow comfort plates that range from warm pretzels with cheddar cheese and “stadium mustard” ($6) pork belly buttermilk biscuits ($8), veggies with Green Goddess dressing ($7) and marinated sardines ($9) nest to tonier beef tartare with a quail egg ($11), duck confit pasta ($12) or buttermilk fried quail with fava beans ($14). When it comes to his Dungeness crab tater tots with creme fraiche?
We’re ready for a taste-testing tot-off with Stark’s Steak House, who also offer the crabby bites. Chalkboard is slated to open in early May.