First Look

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First Look: Leghorn Chicken Brings 'Socially Conscious' Fried Chicken Sandwiches to Ukrainian Village

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

Why are people in Chicago freaking out over a fried chicken sandwich joint? Well, this is the latest project by the Element Collective, the same folks who cure their own sausage at Old Town Social and mill their own flour at Nellcôte, so it makes sense that they'd go the extra mile at Leghorn Chicken. More

First Look: Juniper & Ivy, Richard Blais's New Restaurant in San Diego

First Look Erin Jackson 1 comment

Take a look inside Juniper & Ivy, Richard Blais's new restaurant in San Diego, serving what he describes as "left-coast cookery." More

Cheese Tinctures and Sesame Orgeat: New Cocktails at Saison in San Francisco

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Chase White worked in the kitchen during the early popup days of Saison in San Francisco, but it took a move to NYC for him to step behind the bar, first at Brad Farmerie's Double Crown and The Daily, then at the Experimental Cocktail Club. Back in San Francisco, he's returned to Saison in the role of head bartender. His drinks span the spectrum of tiki riffs and fizzy Champagne drinks to spirit-forward stirred offerings, but the words he keeps returning to in his descriptions are 'texture' and 'umami'. More

First Look: Modern Southwestern at Chavez in Austin

First Look Melody Fury 5 comments

Shawn Crikiel, the chef and owner of Austin's Parkside, Backspace, and Olive & June, launched his latest venture, Chavez, earlier this month. In an unusual turn of events, the restaurant is in the former TGI Friday's space in the downtown Radisson hotel, causing Austinites who've long disregarded the location to take note of the revamped poolside digs once again. Here's a look at Crikiel's menu and space. More

Xi'an Famous Foods Coming to the Upper East Side This Summer

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

If you had any doubt that Xi'an Famous Foods is the Shake Shack of New York's Chinese food scene, let this remove all doubt: the company sends word that they just signed a lease on the Upper East Side at 328 East 78th Street and aim to open for business this summer. More

Arrogant Swine's Whole Hog Barbecue Opening in Brooklyn This Summer

New York Chris E. Crowley 11 comments

Ready your bibs, New York: East Williamsburg is getting some whole hog barbecue. Tyson Ho, the Flushing-bred, North-Carolina-trained pit master, has confirmed that he'll be setting up a beer and barbecue hall at 173 Morgan Avenue to open this summer. More

First Impressions of Next's Chicago Steakhouse

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 11 comments

Instead of offering a modern interpretation of what a steakhouse could be, Next drew inspiration from the Mad Men era (that's the 50s and 60s for the rest of you). You won't find any deconstructed or overly manipulated dishes on the menu. This is just about pure gluttony and more butter than you could ever dream of. More

First Impressions: Parts and Labor Brings Griddled Burgers to Logan Square

Chicago Joe Roy 8 comments

Given its equally well-stocked bar and reasonable prices, Parts and Labor has all the makings of a neighborhood haunt. For ten bucks, you can get a double cheeseburger, a side, and a beer or shot. More

First Look: Third Rail, a New Cocktail and Jerky Bar From the Range Team in San Francisco

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

We get a peek at the drinks—and the jerky—at the new San Francisco cocktail bar from the team behind Range. More

First Look: République is Walter Manzke's Big Bistro Return to L.A.

First Look Farley Elliott Post a comment

Chef Walter Manzke returns to Los Angeles with this ambitious new French-accented bakery-cafe-restaurant in a dramatically renovated historic building. Uni-topped scrambled eggs, steak frites, and homemade baguettes, right this way. More

First Look: Broder Nord in Portland, OR

First Look Kat Vetrano 3 comments

We pay a visit to Portland's recently opened Broder Nord, featuring Swede-inspired cuisine. The menu, identical to that of the SE Broder location, highlights daily lefse (flatbread with various savory and sweet fillings), baked eggs, hashes studded with smoked seafood and seasonal vegetables, and Swedish-inspired charcuterie boards with piles of house-cured gravalax, and tiny jars of yogurt and granola. More

Take a Look Around Eataly Chicago

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

Eataly Chicago is finally here, and it's hard to imagine a bigger opening in River North this year. You can check it out for yourself on Monday, December 2nd, but until then, take a look at our preview. More

First Look: Cocktails and Alcohol-Free Drinks at The Dawson in Chicago

Drinks Anthony Todd Post a comment

The Dawson's drink menu includes 10 cocktails, a 'daily dram' infused in the tall glass column downstairs, and a selection of nonalcoholic sodas created by in-house soda jerk Dalton Finney. More

First Look: New Brunch Cocktails at Saul at the Brooklyn Museum

Drinks Maryse Chevriere 2 comments

At Saul's new home at the Brooklyn Museum, they've introduced a brunch and lunch service with a new list of cocktails to match. More

We Check Out the World's Largest Gin Bar at The Flintridge Proper in Southern California

Drinks Elana Lepkowski Post a comment

"Gin is having a renaissance right now," says Brady Caverly, owner of The Flintridge Proper, which recently opened in La Cañada Flintridge, just north of Pasadena, CA. The bar offers over two hundred different gins—a selection they claim is the largest in the world. We chatted with the Flintridge team about their favorite gins for mixing and sipping straight. More

First Look: Pigging Out at Le Petit Cochon in Seattle

First Look Jay Friedman 6 comments

Checking out the whole-animal cookery on display at this appropriately-named new restaurant from chef Derek Ronspies. More

First Look: A Glass of Cocktail History at Punch House in Chicago

Drinks Anthony Todd Post a comment

"Punch is a loan word from the Hindi language, from the word meaning five," explains Will Duncan, the beverage manager at Punch House. "Punch is a balance of five flavors; it always balances strong, weak, bitter, sour, and sweet." This is the first of many lessons in history and mixology to be learned at Punch House, Chicago's first punch-focused cocktail bar, owned by the team behind The Empty Bottle and Longman & Eagle. More

First Look: Cocktails at The Revel Room, Chicago

Drinks Anthony Todd Post a comment

At The Revel Room in Wicker Park, you'll find cocktails (including a Blood and Sand on tap), more than 30 canned beers, and a hidden back-room library. More

First Look: Cocktails and Pintxos at Toro New York

Drinks Maryse Chevriere 1 comment

A sherry-based daiquiri, four different gin and tonics, and more at the new Toro spinoff in Chelsea, with Spanish-inspired food from the chefs behind Boston's Clio, Uni, and Coppa. More

First Look: Tony Maws' Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville, MA

First Look J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

Were you surprised when you heard that Tony Maws, Chef/Owner of Craigie on Main in Cambridge was planning a second restaurant? I sure was. I mean, he was the kind of chef who never left the pass. You could walk into Craigie on Main any night of the year and there he'd be, calling out orders and finishing plates. Heck, an entire book on his restaurant came out last year, its overriding thesis being that Tony Maws is the kind of chef who could only ever be tied down to a single location. This is the good kind of surprise. More

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