At this new north-end restaurant, a cabin-like motif comes into mind, think Blue Mountain Ski Chalets. The atmosphere during lunch is loud and bubbly, and the bar style type menu has a bit of everything, a mixture of cuisine types including American, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Mexican. I love the large garage door style windows, when open in the summer let in that breezy summer warmth, and in winter let the light warm the large room.
The pomegranate Margarita with “fresh pressed limes” and pomegranate liquor definitely does not use fresh pressed limes. With no pulp in sight the drink is sickly sweet. The bar garnishes their savory Cowboy Caesars with pickle, onion, cherry tomato, pickled ginger and fatty crispy bacon – oh ya ! The wine list holds a few gems, including a favorite of mine, The Velvet Devil.
Sorry, not picture for the Parmesan truffle fries hand cut tossed with thyme and rosemary, dusted with white truffle oil, really needs a garlic mayo dip; so just ask. Social dragon roll – each roll is coated with a molasses-soy glaze, neatly packed with crunchy shrimp, avocado, cucumber then topped with crunchy and flecks of spicy mayo – is the afternoons most memorable dish. Nachitos with house fried corn tortillas, tomatoes, jalapeno-Monterey jack sided with a simple house made salsa and sour cream scream SIMPLE, and I like. Grilled swordfish tacos are good but not perfect: hand-cut fresh fish, wasabi napa slaw, fresh lime.
Skip the pound of house-smoked mesquite wings with chipotle butter or mango BBQ served with gorgonzola dip. The wings taste soggy, like they have been baked – not a fan. I asked the waitress to crisp them up, but they still sucked. h