Table 926, the seasonally-inspired, neighborhood favorite in Pacific Beach, is launching a new menu tomorrow and with the refresh, executive chef/owner Matt Richman is fearlessly scrapping a dish that's been a bestseller since the restaurant first opened in late 2011.
There are new starters, such as a grilled octopus salad, and his signature pork cheeks now show up in taco form as a sharable plate; tempting new main entrees include Cuban-style seafood paella, roasted duck breast with confit leeks and porcini jus and a top sirloin with bone marrow butter. But what's missing is also notable; in a bold move, Richman is ditching his burger.
In a town lousy with burgers, Richman is removing his popular bistro burger that's topped with manchego cheese and zinfandel-honey braised onions, hoping that diners will be encouraged to expand their horizons. The chef told Eater that "While our guests came to love our natural beef hamburger, I just felt it was time to steer them to our other quality entrees and expose them to new ingredients, proteins and flavors."
Though it will no longer be offered on the regular menu, the burger's not completely banished; Richman says he'll launch a weekly Burger and Beer night ($16 for a burger and a draft beer) starting Wednesday, January 28.