Whether thoroughly entertained at a matinee showing or an evening premiere, absorbing culture still works up an appetite. Head to one of the following Rose City restaurants once the filing out of the theater begins.
Sip on a Templeton Abbey at the Bluehour, an LA-esque restaurant in the Pearl. Lucky visitors may spot a member of the local glitterati; come with your Instagram app open and ready.
When simple, fresh ingredients are brought together, such as ginger and lemongrass or garlic and turmeric, the resulting flavor becomes larger than the sum of its parts. The dishes coming out of Silk's kitchen are evidence of this, as is the front of house, where plates of traditional Vietnamese cuisine are paired with a sleek, modern dining room. The outcome is an exalted approach to ordinarily humble recipes.
Only at Henry's Tavern do onion rings with Texas barbecue sauce, salt and pepper calamari and spicy tuna salad roll all appear on the same menu--and that's just under the Appetizers heading. The well-rounded experience continues with enough televisions to sate your sports fan needs, private dining rooms with an upscale atmosphere and over a hundred beers, ales and ciders on tap to satisfy any enthusiast.
Elenis Philoxenia has an unusually long menu for appetizers, including ktipiti (feta, olive oil, tomatoes, olives) and saganaki (flaming cheese doused with lemon juice) inviting guests to embrace eating like they did in the old country. Enjoy an extended evening of food, friends, culture and conversation, as they do on the island of Crete.
While most will justifiably rave about the multinationally-inspired menu, the bar--with Mr. Jeffrey Morgenthaler at the helm--deserves equal praise. Try the B.M.O.C., a fresh take on a whiskey-ginger, with bourbon, raw ginger syrup, bitters and soda.
Adding a boozy counterpart to a non-drinking Buddhist culture, Jinx marries cocktail flights with Thai coconut prawns. Young professionals in the Pearl converge here for the happy hour, when tofu salad rolls and gyoza chicken dumplings can be purchased for mere dollars.
Oven & Shaker's thin crust and decadent squash and shitake mushroom toppings take some of the guilt out of eating pizza--especially when paired with a cocktail and the shockingly affordable bill.
Sharing New Orlean's penchant for celebration, The Parish hosts Mardi Gras celebrations and the annual Oyster Fest. During this time shoot oysters brought in from local farms, paired with a selection of white wines and beers in compostable cups.