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The Ladies Gunboat Society comes to us thanks to Brian Dunsmoor, who is also half of the team behind the Hart and the Hunter. As with the Hart and the Hunter, and as the name suggests, Dunsmoor is taking his inspiration here from the South. A fried green tomato salad gets showered with fresh cherry tomatoes in a rainbow of colors, undercut by a creamy, goat cheese dressing. It tasted like hot days, like the South and like the produce-driven spirit of California all in one. If you have yet to be swayed by the "American charcuterie" claims of country ham, Dunsmoor's preparation of Benton's country ham with lemon ricotta just might convert you. The intensely smoky, salty ham comes in feathery drifts surrounding the milky cheese, along with slabs of melon and a mint salsa verde. The antebellum white grits are cooked — a bit too loosely, if you ask me — along with cherry tomatoes, chanterelle mushrooms, corn and basil. It's a vibrant plate of food, singing with summer's bounty. -- Besha Rodell

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Reservations: Accepted

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