For more adventurous diners, "familiar" might suggest "boring." If you can get a pork sandwich at any number of New York delis—sloppy, unpretentious, and utterly satisfying for under $5—why pay more for the same dish at Trestle? A fair argument, but it's worth pointing out that ToT's menu also includes a handful of uncommon fare like Calves' Liver with Rösti, a Swiss potato dish best compared to hash browns, and a Three-Herring Plate at brunch.
Now that Fulk is living a quickfire challenge-free life, he's back at Trestle, but, according to a recent interview with SF Weekly, is in search of "a restauranteur with an idea" so that he can head up his own kitchen. Just don't expect the illustrious Padma Lakshmi to be on the guest list if said restaurant ever opens. He also told the Weekly, with curt honesty, "I don't really want her at my dinner party." Guess Padma will have to get her Swiss potato hash elsewhere.
· Trestle on Tenth [Official Site]
· Top Chef's Ash Fulk Got Kicked to the Curb. He's Not Bitter -- Except About Padma [SF Weekly]
· Top Chef Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Bravo TV]