Cocktails and appetizers are a favorite happy-hour pastime at this ranch-style patio restaurant, but the quick, counter-service lunch menu makes Contigo a perfect spot for a midday break. Grilled green beans with flavorful bits of cucumber, toasted peanuts, and benne seeds made for a nice starter snack. The not-so-basic arugula salad—with fresh veggies, olives, pickled onion, fried chickpeas, and tzatziki and tahini—was refreshing, though the accompanying fried falafel nuggets were a tad over-crunchy. Flavors on the banh mi, with tamarind-glazed pork belly, daikon, pickled onion, and a smear of pork pâté, were spot-on, even if the crisp French baguette was stuffed a little sparsely. The home run, not surprisingly, was the juicy burger on buttery challah with cheddar cheese and all the fixin’s.
Cuisine: New American