Actually Pretty Awesome: Pickled Eggs at St. Vincent

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The curried versions. Photo: J. Barmann/Grub Street

Wine takes center stage at the newly open St. Vincent (Valencia and 24th), which takes its very name from the patron saint of winemakers, but the food menu is no afterthought. Chef Bill Niles, who worked at Bar Tartine under both the Kronner and Balla administrations, has crafted a tight selection of snacks and full plates that go far to complement David Lynch's expertly curated wine list, including a delicious hand-rolled pretzel, and a totally divine roasted pork dish with both trotter and belly, coco beans, and spring herbs. But a snack we're already craving again, which can be yours for a mere three dollars, was the curried pickled egg.

There are two pickled eggs on the menu now, the other being beet and horseradish which comes to the table a bright magenta. But despite that egg being prettier, we were more into the curried egg, with its perfect, gelatinous, soft-boiled yolk. It had more than a hint of turmeric and curry spice, arriving in the bowl a pale shade of yellow, but the flavor isn't overpowering or heavy-handed. It just struck us as something unique — somewhere between a tangy, traditional pickled egg and one of the many gourmet variations on the deviled egg that exist out there these days. And it made a fine pairing with a crisp Alsatian Riesling — one of many great wines available by the glass, half bottle or bottle. As for what happens with all the leftover, half-empty bottles, we covered that earlier this week.

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Green Garlic Bread at State Bird Provisions
A Dinner of Small Plates and the Duck Confit Salad at Frances
Duck Fat Chex Mix at Truck Stop Café
The Lamb Tongue Salad at Txoko
The Branzino at AQ
Dinner at Local Mission Eatery
Suckling Pig Sandwich at Sweet Woodruff
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The Roasted Broccoli Sandwich at Split Pea Seduction
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The Buffalo Burger at Double Decker
A Preview of Dishes at Haven
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The Cocktails at Outerlands
The Meatball Gigante and the Honey Pie at Tony’s Pizza
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The Date Night at Sneaky's BBQ
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The Fried-Chicken Sliders at The Lookout
The Tripe and the Pickles at Bar Tartine
Fried Chicken and Cornmeal Doughnuts at Beast & the Hare