I have probably gone to this place 5 times in the last three weeks. Always sitting at the bar with my lovely bride. We have made it through most of their menu. The only problem is, well problem in terms of me eating the entire menu, is that they keep rotating in new specials..
The first dish that caught my eye was the Jersey Tomato Dish. Here you have wedges of perfectly in season Jersey Tomatoes that have been simply covered with Melted Butter and Salt. Melted Butter and salt? It makes perfect sense as the classic dish of olive oil and tomato has the same principal. .It's shocking how simple and delicious this is. The first time we were eating this dish, we were contemplating what this dish needed. Basil we thought, perhaps Thai Basil, maybe a little cheese, or balsamic, or chives. But, no, the chef knows these ingredients exist and he didn't want that. It showed a lot of restraint and simplicity. A beautiful dish.
Then we tried the pork dish which was ridiculously good. We have had the scallions with romesco sauce, we have eaten the corn soup, the fried anchovies, the grilled sardines, on and on. There is just an array of fresh ingredients cooked with such care and passion.
Last night, I went and had myself there double cheese burger. It is 11 dollars and it is a monster. In this day and age where you can't get out of a burger restaurant with your wife for less than 50 bucks, it's refreshing to see an 11 dollar burger. And this is an 11 dollar double burger. I was sitting and talking with fellow patrons at the bar last night so, I got all classy and used a knife and fork. This burger, could be split by two normal adults. I don't even know if it can be called a burger., It was an experience. Grilled onions were in this beautiful sauce. There was goat cheese and I think I may have blacked out. Go get this burger. Have you tried the burger, you should get the burger. Why are you still reading this, go get the f-ing burger.
The space is tiny but, well thought out. Beautiful lighting, beautiful woods. Love the open kitchen where you can see the folks cooking your meal. The dynamic duo, a male and female are banging out dish after dish and make it seem so easy. Bartenders have always been super friendly and know how to make a cocktail.
Seriously, go to this restaurant. It's a short walk from BAM, it's right off of Myrtle. It's a place that is truly special. It should be supported!