The last Sunday of every month, stop by Crush with your art supplies—it’s time for the bar’s sexy figure-drawing class. Fortify yourself with a house cocktail, a blend of funky ingredients like prickly-pear purée and house-infused lavender vodka. Other nights, stop by for a drag show or a sing-along choir show.
It’s hard to not to fall head-over-heels for Bunk’s house-cured pork belly, especially since it’s featured in so many of the shop’s sandwiches. Cured with brown sugar, chili flakes, black pepper, and fennel seed, it’s roasted, then carved and piled onto reubens, bahn mi, and cubanos.
The staff at Walsh's Waffles wants to challenge its customers' expectations of a typical waffle house. Though the cooks dust the familiar buttermilk waffles with powdered sugar, they set themselves apart by crafting gluten-free options and infusing the flavors of cinnamon rolls or chocolate brownies, before drizzling them in housemade raspberry sauce. With savory options such as cornbread waffles smothered in chili and cheese, patrons can put together a multi-course waffle meal with sides of bacon and eggs.
Gabriel Rucker needs little introduction. The James Beard Award–winning chef (twice over, the second for his cookbook) has become a local and national celebrity. He keeps diners on their toes with an always-rotating menu, and gives them plenty to talk about when they’re digging into eel pie or coffee-roasted lamb shoulder, since they’re seated together at La Pigeon’s communal tables.
Castagna is like a modern art gallery…where you can eat everything. Chef Justin Woodward—who was nominated for a James Beard Rising Star Award in 2013—has been known to adorn plates with whole branches, and create desserts with ingredients like brown butter ice. No wonder his dishes have been compared to “two-bite art installations”.
At the Dirty Bridge Bistro food cart, chef Alexeisia infuses classic American fare with the flavors of his native Brazil. You'll find the cart beneath its namesake?the Hawthorne Bridge, where Alexeisia serves breakfast sandwiches, burgers, and chef salads. Visitors are free to eat and run, but tables and chairs are available for those seeking an al fresco dining experience.