'First Look' on Serious Eats

First Look: Modern Southwestern at Chavez in Austin

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

First Look: Broder Nord in Portland, OR

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

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

"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

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