I was several whiskeys to the good on a recent school night when I found myself propped up against Sketch's salumi bar, canting sharply like a ship taking on water. I asked for the menu, gave it a cursory glance, then pushed it back across the dark, polished wood, slapped a palm on top and pronounced, "I'll take everything."
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If only every meal could start that way. If only every meal could be constructed of nothing more than the best parts of a variety of animals, cut and cured and and laid out on a plate, chased with a bit of cheese, a few snacks and a couple of glasses of Stranahan's on the rocks.
I didn't love everything about every meal at the new Sketch, which Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz opened in the old First Avenue Hotel building in March, but I did dearly enjoy a good amount. And you can read all about it in this week's Westword.
That's where you'll also find some news about LoHi SteakBar, the Icehouse Tavern and a second Biker Jim cart, as well as my report on a nother visit to Keegan Gerhard's D Bar Desserts. And then, of course, there's some news about me. Did I mention that I have a book coming out this week?