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Late Night Bites @ The Little Door

Classic Food at Reasonable Prices in a Romantic Setting on Anapamu Street

Photo: Paul Wellman Frederic Meschin, owner of The Little Door

“We feed the soul,” says Frederic Meschin, owner of The Little Door, a French Mediterranean oasis on Anapamu Street across from the County Courthouse. “It’s really important. Food is only an element.”

Open since early 2018, the restaurant recently started a Late Night Bites menu (also served for happy hour), which goes beyond French fries — although their “truffle frite” ($8) with grana padano and house-made harissa is not to be missed — and into items such as the quiche ($12), a dreamy amalgamation of potatoes, onions, and Gruyère piled into a buttery crust. It’s almost like a savory crème brûlée, perfectly brightened by a Little Gem salad with seasonal starlets like blood orange slivers and fresh beets. Chef Oscar Ledesma relies on the farmers’ market, explaining, “Ingredients do most of the work.” 

Photo: Elly IversonEats from The Little Door

Another example is the tartine ($8), a hearty slice of toasted sourdough piled high with a mountain of raw mushrooms, including chanterelles, hand-picked from the hills and lightly dressed in a Meyer lemon vinaigrette. An elegant purée duxelle of mushrooms cooked down with thyme, white wine, and a little bit of butter provides the perfect textural base and a dusting of parmesan at the top seals the deal. The Hope Ranch mussels ($14), or “moules,” are even offered endlessly on Tuesdays (with frites, of course) as part of a special. 

Pair it with a delightfully crisp viognier ($9) or opt for a new cocktail, such as the Bourbon Sauvage ($13) with amaro camatti, blackberry shrub, lemon, and basil blossom. It ensures that you’ll leave with a little joie de vivre to your step. 


Menus offered Tue.-Sat., 4:30-6pm and 9pm-close. 129 E. Anapamu St.; (805) 560-8002; thelittledoorsb.com

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