Located in a brick building that was a foundry many lifetimes ago, the interior at Le Local is industrial-chic: polished cement floors and exposed beam-and-brick ceilings and walls hint of the building’s former life, while contemporary touches such as black leather furniture, colorful throw pillows, and gorgeous chestnut tables provide a clubby feel. It’s a hotspot among local trendsetters, and the place is packed even on weeknights. An attractive, fashionably dressed staff provides competent service. The open kitchen cranks out French bistro classics such as beef and salmon tartare and duck leg confit, along with inspired pan-European dishes such as seared Arctic char with chorizo roasted cabbage and fennel and tarragon arancini. In the evenings, tapas-style dishes are available during the early part of happy hour, many for only a few dollars each.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber