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Rather than going with a generic diner staple, he opted to highlight Trolley Car’s selection of less traditional fare. And instead of testing my culinary skills by having me prepare the dish step by step alongside him, Dwight decided to test my gastrointestinal fortitude by feeding me plate after plate of food.
I showed up dressed like an official member of the El Rey wait staff in jeans and a flannel shirt—then stepped inside their kitchen, smelled all the seasoned meats and spicy sauces around me, and watched my hopes of blending in fly right out the window.
Pouring a deep brown with little head, this roasty stout gives off enticing aromas of fresh coffee, chocolate bars, and scorched malt.
The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town.
Petit Rôti, from Chef Olivier Desaintmartin—of Caribou Cafe and Zinc—is just what the neighborhood needed. It’s a cheerful place, its country-French-yellow walls offset by vivid blue-and-white tiles above the counter area
Ortolana pizza, with its base of Piennolo grape tomatoes from Vesuvius was cleverly streaked with the slow, sizzling heat of Calabrian chili oil.