With only 37 seats, this is a tiny neighborhood restaurant, with a tiny menu—and one big Michelin star—that consistently delivers a huge dining experience. Ever since its opening in 2009, Melissa Perello’s baby has remained a top place in the city, known for an eclectic menu that might include choices as varied as squid ink linguini; or Sonoma duck breast with pumpkin seed dukkah, Japanese sweet potato, and blood orange. Don’t miss the applewood-smoked bacon beignets—you dip them in crème, fresh with maple and chive. For dessert, the lumberjack cake—apple, kumquat, Medjool dates, and maple ice cream—is a crowd pleaser, as is the interesting idea of selling the house red and white wines for the bargain price of $1 an ounce. Make a reservation up to 60 days in advance, or walk in and sit at the bar.
- Erika Lennert