For the past year, things have been quiet at Proof + Pantry. After the Leslie Brenner review debacle of 2014, though, Chef Kyle McClelland departed the restaurant, also quietly. Former Komali chef Julio Peraza was tapped to replace McClelland at both Proof + Pantry and its sister concept Madrina, but the menu at Misery Loves Company’s stylish Arts District restaurant stayed largely unchanged.
Until now. As of this week, Peraza has officially debuted his own take on the menu, and plenty of dishes have been revamped. The new menu also expands Proof + Pantry’s formerly limited menu with new offerings like Kobe beef tongue ravioli and short rib bourgignon served over linguini. Also new to the menu is a short selection of shareable sides, including green peppercorn mac & cheese and a daily rotating vegetable special.
Peraza’s new menu is at, for the most part, a slightly lower price point that McClelland’s high-end offerings. $55 bowls of pasta have been replaced by a $30 double-cut pork chop, and the restaurant’s $77 ribeye steak is no longer on offer. The roasted whole chicken, priced at around $60, has also been swapped for a more reasonable $24 half chicken dish, served with sunburst squash, polenta, and leek rings.
Check out the full menu below, and rejoice that you won’t have to part with quite as much of your cash to dine at a sophisticated spot like Proof + Pantry.