Anise Kitchen + Market
Clean and green is more than Supermom’s mantra here: it’s a gimlet-eyed commitment to a hearty menu of organic veggies, wild game, and oh-so-flirty cocktails fashioned with fresh-squeezed juices. Fat tacos beckon with grilled mahimahi, a liberal slather of chipotle cashew crema, and a crunchy slaw of brussels sprouts and carrots. Who knew? The mellow surroundings and deep banquette seats here are made for long, meaningful conversations (remember those?). Tackle toothsome artichoke fritters, marvelous panko-draped morsels made for a rémoulade marriage. You say simple but filling? We vote for Peas on Earth, thick soba noodles tossed with never-timid tamari sauce, grape tomatoes, and both snow and sugar snap peas perched atop a green English pea puree worthy of its own Pantone color chip. If you think dessert can’t “clean up,” consider the ethereal sesame-almond pear cake bookended with coconut milk ice cream. It’s a cloud so light calories can’t fit.