This far-more-fashionable sister of Kopp??s Custard also makes a darn good burger ?? the more dolled up, the better. In these crisp, coolly modern surroundings (the artwork changes often), a diverse audience attacks orders of wings, nachos, bacon grilled cheese sandwiches and (if feeling semi-healthy) the pork teriyaki salad. Elsa??s also has accomplished the rare feat of making broccoli taste good.
Even with service snafus and bumps on the culinary road since its late summer opening, Pastiche at the Metro is a big improvement over the hotel’s previous kitchen management. Owner Mike Engel divides time between two Pastiches. Read more…
The best seat in the house is at the kitchen counter, where you can watch your crab cakes, chopped salad and NY strip with Delmonico potatoes being prepared. The leather booths offer a little more privacy, and the bar, live entertainment and a nifty bar menu. Other standouts: fried surf clams and herb crumb-crusted halibut.
The modern space with chocolate-brown walls on the corner of Mason and Milwaukee is devoted to classic, regional cuisine. Housemade four-cheese ravioli, ossobuco and rack of lamb with mint pesto are all specialties worth considering. Tiny and intimate.