Bauer Praises Both the Food and Drinks at Hard Water

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Mr. Bauer gave his thoughts on Hard Water (Pier 3) in Sunday's Chronicle. He likes the "dramatic space" designed by Olle Lundberg, and he continues to be impressed with such bars where cocktails "have gotten so refined that they have the same gravitas as the food." He praises chef Melissa Perfit's fried chicken, her crisp-fried braised celery hearts (which we also loved), and her "pristine" butter lettuce salad. He's also a fan of the braised rabbit, and the "huge" smother pork shank, which could probably serve two. In the end, he gives it two and a half stars. [Chron]