Proof’s Lunch Service Starts With A Deal

Ah, the dog days of August. The perfect time for long, leisurely lunches ... best accompanied by a glass of wine or two. Joining downtown's rapidly improving lunch options on Wednesday is Proof (bar pictured above).

The seven-week-old Penn Quarter spot starts its weekday lunch service tomorrow, and while the restaurant polishes its lunch operation — more specifically until Aug. 31 — the entire menu is 20 percent off. That includes the charcuterie, cheese and all of the wines by the glass — even the choices off the champagne trolley (at right).

On chef Haidar Karoum’s lunch menu are paninis, sandwiches, salads and a handful of entrees from the dinner menu. Choices include chilled summer corn soup with avocado, jalapeño, cilantro and crème fraiche ($8), a roasted chicken leg on a bed of toasted farro, fennel, mint and scallions ($12), a "PLT" panini with pancetta, lettuce, heirloom tomato, avocado and mesclun greens ($14), and a grilled hanger steak with heirloom tomato panzanella and spicy chimichurri ($16).

Don't miss the crisp chickpea fries that accompany the flavorful grilled lamb burger ($14) topped with coriander raita.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Regular lunch service starts Sept. 4.

(Photos by Darko Zagar.)