It’s not fine dining, but for a bar/restaurant, hip-type place, it’s great. The food is unique and fabulous, the wine is right on, the beer cold and the price tag very reasonable. The staff are knowledgable, friendly without being intrusive, efficient and very pleasant. The decor is divey while being sophisticated. The location is the only reason it’s not overrun with customers, since it’s on 10th between Market and Main. All the better for parking.
We’d heard good things, but going downtown and then some always seemed a little much so it was by luck that we went the distance and found a new favorite. I’m always leery of places that sell only “their” wine and this place seemed doubly dubious by selling only their wine and their beer. No sauvignon blanc but I was offered an alternative called “White Noise” that was dry, (with only a hint of sweet left on the pallet) and near perfect. Who knew the Old 502 Winery had it in them! My companion was offered several tastes of the various Falls City beers on draft and was very satisfied with a Hipster Repellant IPA. The wine rang in at $8 for a very healthy pour and the beer was $6 a glass.
I then went for the bison burger with spinach, white cheddar, pickled cucumber and green chili aioli on brioche. I’m always tempted to question the chef’s vision by asking for changes or additions but was smart this time and left the burger as designed. I mistakenly ordered my medium and was fortunate it came out a little more rare. The tastes are perfectly married and I loved every bite. My companion had the PBLT–country fried pork belly sandwich with pickled green tomato, chard, spicy bourbon mustard aioli on bread-of-the-day which turned out to be rye. Another home run. We split an order of hand cut fries and the amount was just right.
The menu is interesting so I’m anxious to return. The chef must have a love affair with duck since there are duck wings, duck sliders and duck breast (stuffed with chorizon cornbread dressing!) on the small menu. There is also plenty of pork belly along with vegetarian options like the black-eye pea cake and the cornbread soufflé. Other sandwiches include smoked tempeh (sort of tofu but not exactly) and a house ground burger. If you are looking for a more substantial meal, look no further than the short ribs. Sides include, among others, mac and cheese and beautiful looking Brussles sprouts. There are soups and salads too, including a charred cauliflower salad that looked tasty.
The price point is not insignificant but it’s well priced. A beef burger is $8 while the bison burger is $11. Entrees run from $13 to $18 (pork belly and duck breast) and the sides $4-$6. Our waitress/bar tender said a summer menu is coming out in a few days and there will be lots of changes so we are planning our return trip. It’s a great find.