Kenneth Drew knows what it is like to cook for people with exquisite taste. Drew, who is now the chef at Rickey's Restaurant & Bar, says he has worked in the kitchen at the famed Hotel Del Coronado and personally cooked for Bill Clinton.
His food shines beneath the golden chandeliers at Rickey's Restaurant & Bar. On Fridays and Saturday nights, when live jazz musicians take the stage, light dances across drum shells and the bodies of guitars. Shoots of steam bloom from dishes crafted with ingredients from small local growers. Pan-seared scallops land at tables wrapped in bacon alongside parmesan corn grits and sautéed bok choy, and creamy risotto brims with white corn, green peas, and cherry tomatoes like a farmer’s list of emergency contacts. Chefs dry rub and slowly roast prime rib, and waiters help make selections from a list of wines, spirits, and beers from brewers including Moylan’s.