As well as running Jane Bond food truck, Jenny Burthwright has realized a 10-year dream with Jane Bond BBQ on 36th Street SE. There’s a full menu of delicious house-smoked brisket, pork, and chicken dishes for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. This fun and lively southern BBQ spot serves up gator bites, fried catfish, St. Louis ribs, with Bond’s homemade jerk sauce high on the list of faves. The Bond Bad As$ Caesar is a meal in itself with a brisket slider, chorizo, coconut cornbread, deep fried pickle, and more! As she says, Aint No Sin To Get Sauce On Your Chin – come hungry!
Nam Vietnamese Kitchen
Nghia Nguyen runs his Noodle Bus food truck mostly for events now, and opens Nam Vietnamese Kitchen on 8th Street SW at 11th Avenue, for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. A success straight out of the gate, this modern, bright, 30- seat restaurant gets full at lunchtime, so download the Nam app and order in advance. Fish sauce and sriracha are waiting on your table to spice up your traditional pho, vermicelli and rice bowls, all made with 8-hour simmered beef or chicken broth. Good news – we hear a second location is opening in spring!
Meanwhile in the Beltline, you’ll find alternative Asian dining at the long-awaited Foreign Concept on 11th Avenue SW at 1st Street. Duncan Ly has been working long and hard to create a fresh approach for all the senses – classic, yet contemporary décor, and, with his award-winning dream team of Jinhee Lee and Michel Nop, an imaginative and well-executed menu of small and big plates based on Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Korean dishes with a modern, western twist. Try Vietnamese-style Scotch egg, Ly’s take on Imperial rolls, and beef tataki with Asian pear soy vinaigrette and horseradish. Open for dinner every day, apart from Sundays.
Located on 10th Avenue SW, Bridgette Bar is a place you can come wearing a T-shirt with a skateboard or feel equally comfortable in a business suit. This space is an eclectic mix of retro chic with amazing attention to detail in the choice of artworks, chandeliers, custom-made terrariums, locally sourced pottery and linens, and the ‘70s ski lodge feel in the lounge. Macrame is back!
JP Pedhirney is in the kitchen, so you’re in for a treat with the food, and Brava Bistro’s Dewey Noordhof is front-of-house curating his careful wine and tea programs. We loved the endive salad, Wagyu beef carpaccio, scallops with apples and jalapeno in miso butter – and could eat a bucket of the creamed kale that comes with the rainbow trout and smoked potatoes!
In the old Boxwood location on 13th Avenue SW, Provision is the sister restaurant to Avec Bistro, with chef Daniel Pizarro overseeing both kitchens. Pizarro wants to have fun, and his vision is for the restaurant to be always evolving, changing the small, focused Two/Four/ Fin menu every week or two, and showing the diversity of vegetables in his Root/Tree/Bee dishes as well as in Kevin Yang’s desserts. Come for lunch and dinner weekdays, or brunch at weekend.