Jason Hill and his crew have crafted a solid neighborhood gathering spot with a confident menu that includes sharp Southern touches such as beef tenderloin paired with mac-and-cheese flecked with greenc, and skate wing over grits.
Riccado Ullio's younger, hipper sibling to next-door Sotto Sotto offers hits and few big misses in such departments as authentic Italian croquettes, bracing salads, fried seafood and thin-crust, rustic pizzas with exotic toppings. Atmosphere, service and wine list are notable as well.
The folks behind Rathbun's opened Krog Bar in a tiny building in the parking lot of the Stove Works complex. It's the closest thing to a genuine tapas bar's ambiance our city has ever seen: The interior is tiny and you'll likely be forced, just as you are in tapas bars in Sevilla, to sit at long tables with strangers. Cured meat and other nibblies comprise the menu, to be consumed alongside vino from an astutely composed list.