Northbay News and Events: New Chef and Menu at Hilltop 1892, Lamb Dinner at Fenix

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Todd Davies. Photo from Hilltop 1892’s website.

Novato restaurant ~HILLTOP 1892~ has a new chef, Todd Davies, who previously worked at Lark Creek Inn and Corks at Russian River Vineyards. He has made some changes to the menu, including more share plates and his riff on Bradley Ogden’s famous butterscotch pudding for dessert. The dinner menu focuses on seasonal American comfort food, with classics like meatloaf, chicken roasted under a brick, and a beer-braised pot roast. At lunch, look for sandwiches like pulled pork or an oyster po’boy, along with a selection of seasonal salads and share plates. The weekend brunch options include three different Benedicts, a short rib hash, and burgers. Hours are Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. 850 Lamont Ave. at Clausing, Novato, 415-893-1892.

~FENIX~ in downtown San Rafael is hosting Fallon Hills Ranch for a special dinner from chef Shawn Paul of France’s Léon de Lyon on Tuesday April 1st. The three-course dinner features lamb from Fallon Hills Ranch for $40 per person, with optional wine pairings, and live music at 7:30. The evening begins at 6:30pm; reservations can be made here. 919 4th St. at Lootens, San Rafael, 415-813-5600.