The Restaurant Gal and I dined at The Black Sheep restaurant, 26 E. Ortega Street, which opened on Sunday. We enjoyed Roasted Heirloom Carrots (in duck fat with garlic rosemary), Roasted Beets (with pear, blue cheese, frisee, pistachio), Potato Croquettes (rouille), Jumbo Diver Scallops (a la Minestrone, flageolets, cannelloni white beans, tomato and herbs), Braised Brunette Downs Australian Grass Fed Beef Cheeks (braised in banana leaves with ancho chili, annatto seed, tequila, lime and tomatoes), Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Tort (salted caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream) and Rice Pudding (with seasonal fruits and berries).

Happy hour at The Black Sheep is from 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. For more information call 965-1113 or visit

Pictured below: Ruben Perez “The Decision Maker” (right) and Nate Curteman “Assistant Decision Maker”


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  1. Charlotte says:

    Very interesting indeed, no lunch waaay!

  2. Gary says:

    The Black Sheep is awesome! We stopped by for Happy Hour after reading John’s review and loved the pomme frites with aioli and the snap peas. We’re planning on going back for dinner as soon as we can. Great addition to downtown.

  3. lemonjelly says:

    That rice pudding is a favorite.

  4. sheldon sanov says:

    John, stopped by “the Black Sheep” on your recommendation and was delighted with the fantastic tastes we enjoyed. We started with the white anchovies on crostini, followed by succulent sweetbreads, and then a beef cheeks & pork belly combo…..may not be everyones favorite dishes but these were amazing!! Foodies you MUST check this place out!!

    Finished with an out of this world chocolate covered cream puff .

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