Same name, same decor, same nice service but…not the same Hoppe's. We hadn't been in this area for over 3 years and were unaware that Chef Hoppe had passed away until we opened the menu. Gone was the Red Abalone in Mango Hazelnut butter sauce that we'd been dreaming about. The abalone was still on the menu, but the new savory preparation masked the delicate flavor of the abalone, which is now paired with pork belly - but not happily. Fortunately, we opted for the appetizer rather than the entree so we were only out $18 not $60. The yellowtail appetizer wasn't much better. I can understand the new owner/chef's desire to "go in a different direction," but when customers drive 40 miles out of the way to eat the most expensive dish on your menu, that's a recipe you might want to hang onto (see Classic Coke).
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