Restaurant Review: Juanita and Maude


The newest addition to the local restaurant scene is the hot and trendy “Juanita and Maude,” which made its debut in October. Former Corso chef Scott Eastman, with his wife, Ariane Owens, takes New American cuisine to the next level. The setting is warm yet classy, the food is creative yet comforting, and the cocktails are inventive yet classic. Although the menu changes daily you can find dishes like ahi tuna carpaccio, carrot + ginger soup, roasted pumpkin gnocchi or house-made bratwurst. There isn’t a kid’s menu, but my two girls were more than happy to share the warm bread with rosemary butter and the lasagna, plus a house-made beverage. The dessert menu features seasonal ingredients, and the chocolate torte (covered in sea salt and cacao nibs) is not to be missed. Juanita and Maude is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday for dinner and is located at 825 San Pablo in Albany. Bon Appetit!