Monday, April 23
The folks behind Local Mission Eatery recently added a new member of the family a couple blocks away at Bryant & 23rd, Local's Corner. It's got lots of sidewalk space, soon to be filled with outdoor seating.
The daylight streaming in from the walls of windows is phenomenal and the decor is decidedly vintage-hip, fresh and clean. You can also watch the goings on in the small kitchen from anywhere in the dining room, or up close at the counter.
Dinner service hadn't yet started when I was in recently, but the Daytime menu was in full swing. Sightglass java and fresh-squeezed tangelo juice? I'm in!
Tues-Sun, 8-2, you can get breakfast like this poached egg w/ pink salt and toasted brioche soldiers....
...or you can order up lunch like this creamy turnip soup w/ lemon, evo, brioche croutons and watercress.
For those who love oysters, they're a house specialty. The rest of the dinner menu is split into Sea, Land and Larder. Personally, I can't wait to try the trout rillettes and dungeness crab w/ cara cara -- well, and then there's the pork butter.
Posted by katiechrist at 1:35 PM
Tuesday, April 10
I think you've gotta love a place that has a colorful, stitched together, hand-crocheted caftan weather curtain to greet you upon entering from the chilly out of doors.
Even if that's not your thing, I can just about guarantee the food at Isa will be -- the interior too, with spectacular wood working by Taavo Somer.
Isa is a breath of fresh air. Great style. No pretension. Gorgeous plating. Beautiful flavor combos. Perfect execution. Terrific service. I can't wait to go back.
Killer cocktails. Celray Cup (left): vodka, Chartreuse, celery soda, black pepper. Looking Glass (right): rum, Amaro, ginger beer, molasses.
Bread made in-house, yes! Seeded rye and sour levain. Sweet butter with toasted caraway seed, sea salt and a touch of pepper.
Brussels sprouts (chilled) with yolk, potato and malt.
Mackerel filet with carrots, radish, cilantro and 'eggmulsion'.
Hanger steak, rutabega (nice), orange wine, leaves, marrow.
Intermezzo: sorrel ice cream, powdered coconut, toasted genmaicha.
Dessert 1: Celeriac, espresso, malt, orange.
Dessert 2: Grapefruit curd, matcha, pistachio.
That was one seriously inspired and inspiring meal.
Posted by katiechrist at 10:31 PM