“Dissident Chef” Russell Jackson, who was ahead of the curve on the pop-up dining scene with his Sub-Culture Dining series, opened his Embarcadero restaurant Lafitte a year ago next week. It’s been arguably a rough start for the place, with sometimes harsh reviews of the food and service from certain critics and Yelpers alike, though there’s been some positive buzz for the bar program (including a recent nod from Travel + Leisure as one of the best happy hours in the country, in part for their bacon flight), and for Jackson’s pig passion that led him to be one of the first stateside chefs to import a whole Iberico pig.
Beginning Saturday, April 2, Jackson will launch an anniversary dinner series at his eight-seat chef’s counter known as “The Plank” (the restaurant has a pirate theme, you see, Lafitte being a famous New Orleans-based pirate). The dinners will be $59 with optional wine pairings, and menus will be announced via the restaurant’s website.
Also, at lunch and dinner in the dining room, prix fixe anniversary menus will be on offer, with two courses for $18 at lunch, and three courses for $45 at dinner. Those menus will be announced weekly via the restaurant’s newsletter. You can also count on Jackson to alert his Twitter followers of any new menus, since he keeps an iPad with him in the kitchen at all times.