This small, spare restaurant, tucked among homes, hails from Agricole Hospitality (Revival Market, Coltivare, Eight Row Flint). Expect a concise menu with a bit of an Asian slant—and mixed results. One of the night’s best bites was moist and meaty salt-and-pepper smoked pork ribs with lemon gremolata chutney. But that was counteracted by a so-called Caesar salad with shrimp and black-garlic vinaigrette, which translated into small, sadly overcooked shellfish served warm over a beautiful bed of purple endive and baby gem lettuce with a salty lime-Tabasco dressing. In fact, the menu descriptions for several dishes are misleading. Take “chicken mousse” with “strawberry jam and mixed crackers”: the jam was a sweet touch, but oily wonton chips didn’t cut it as crackers (we should have requested bread). A generous bowl of tender sliced sirloin over cold, spicy Asian noodles saved the day. Most guests were chowing down on the smoked-cheddar burger with curry fries—we’ll be back for one. And we might bring cushions for the metal patio-style chairs and hard bench seating indoors.
Cuisine: New American