Best Food Trend
Making the Bar Program as Important as the Dinner Menu
There is nothing like the solid thud of unmet expectations when an exquisite plate of food comes with a poorly made mixed drink. The local craft cocktail revolution has changed all that, creating a new appreciation for the classics, like a proper Sazerac or a perfectly mixed Manhattan topped with Bittercube bitters and a brandied local cranberry. We're no longer following just the top chefs moving from kitchen to kitchen, we're also following the bartenders as these talented men and women play with nuanced flavors in the spirits and work closely with the kitchen to pair drinks with dishes. It's such a relief to know that when we walk into an exciting new restaurant, we can count on a great plate of food and an equally beautiful adult beverage — alcoholic or not.