|exterior of The Lazy Ox Canteen|
|shell-on roasted fava beans, $5|
|yellow tail crudo w/ scallion, grapefruit & papaya salad, $14|
|8 oz. lazy ox burger with cantal cheese & green peppercorn mustard, $14|
|seared fijian albacore with lentils, pickled apple, oregano & bacon, $18|
|chocolate pate, $8|
|butterscotch pudding, $8|
Lazy Ox Canteen is poised to become the restaurant of the moment. Partners Michael Cardenas and Centeno have made all the right moves. The place has an edgy energy, a cozy, casual interior with huge bare filament bulbs swaying from the ceiling and wood-clad walls, a seriously great wait staff and a wildly interesting crowd. Not to mention Centeno's deliriously inventive cooking, all at affordable prices.
I'm torn. I'd like to keep the place an insider's secret. I like being able to decide, that night, to head over to San Pedro Street for dinner and being able to get in. That's about to change. In the future, reservations are probably going to need to be made well in advance, I'm sorry to say.