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The Most Exciting New Restaurants in Every Sentral City
BY LIZ SHELDON
There’s never been a stranger time to open a restaurant — but there may have never been a better time to be a restaurant diner. A slew of new hot spots have opened across the country, tempting diners away from their sourdough starters and air fryers and back into the world of eating out. From a famous sushi spot making waves in Miami to L.A.’s latest burger obsession, here are a few of the new concepts we’re most excited about.. And they just so happen to be located close to Sentral locations. So whether you’re popping into town for a few days or staying a few months, here are the places to put on your restaurant hit list.
BIG BOSS CHINESE
This next-gen Chinese restaurant is literally run by the next generation: The chef, Guy Wong, opened it in the same space where his mother once ran her own restaurant (she’s still pitching in and lending her years’ worth of culinary wisdom). The family lineage shows through in the menu of honored classics — crab rangoon, sesame chicken — any of which can be made vegetarian upon request. Launched as take-out only, the restaurant just recently opened for indoor dining, about a 10-minute bike ride from
Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals
bigbosschinese.com,100 10th St. NW.
Clockwise from top left: Atlanta’s Biggerstaff Brewing Company (courtesy of Biggerstaff Brewing Company); a dish at Chicago’s Esmé (photo by Sandy Noto, courtesy of Esmé); and the team at Canje in Austin (photo by Canje).
BIGGERSTAFF BREWING COMPANY
Now open in Inman Park, this multifaceted cafe/bar/restaurant has buzz already, thanks to a menu co-created by Staplehouse’s Ryan Smith and an extensive list of weird and wonderful beers — like a coffee session ale and dry-hopped sour — all brewed on site. Pull up a chair in the extensive outdoor seating area and dig into hearty breakfast sandwiches, honey butter ribs, and shrimp and grits. There’s a satisfying southern spin on veggie dishes too, like a smoked mushroom served with lemon aioli.
biggerstaffbrewing.com, 537 Edgewood Ave. SE.
This charmingly low-key East Side addition has a dog-friendly backyard and focuses on modern comfort food. Part wine bar, part perfect neighborhood restaurant, the veg-friendly concept is a welcoming spot to spend the afternoon over drinks and snacks with friends, or a hearty dinner after a long day. Think eggplant polpette with mozzarella, fresh pasta with wild mushrooms, and a perfectly seared steak to satisfy carnivores. Make it your regular before everyone else does.
birdiesaustin.com, 2944 E. 12th St., Unit A.
Vibrant Caribbean flavors are the name of the game at this mod-meets-traditional East Side restaurant, just up the street from
Sentral East Austin 1614
Sentral East Austin 1630
. The heavy Guyanese influence comes from exec chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph, who created the place in collaboration with the popular Emmer & Rye restaurant group. A lively vibe complements dishes like salt cod and potato fritters, pork lechón
with plantains and pineapple, and grilled prawns marinated in spiced rum. Don’t sleep on the bold cocktails, like the Tamarind Sour.
canjeatx.com, 1914 E. 6th St., Suite C.
Husband-and-wife duo Jenner Tomaske and Katrina Bravo recently opened this splashy restaurants in Lincoln Park, Tomaske honed his skills at Grant Achatz’s famed Next, so expect inventive dishes on the tasting menu, such as peaches and prawns served with basil tapioca and an avante-garde take on pierogis featuring charred onion, raclette cheese, and fresh truffle. Reservations for the prix fixe are via a ticketing system, but if you just want a taste, à la carte dishes are offered in the bar.
esmechicago.com, 2200 N. Clark St.
AVLI ON THE PARK
Greek food seems to be having a moment, and the opening of this hearty taverna, located near
Sentral Michigan Avenue
, is proof. Make the most of the expansive rooftop with panoramic views of the city before the temperatures start to drop. Inside, the working fireplaces, horseshoe-shaped bar, and comforting dishes like spanakopita and eggplant moussaka are perfect for chilly nights. Don’t forget to try a Greek beer from their unusual list.
avli.us, 180 N. Field Blvd.
Mediterranean vibes abound at Doya, a new spot in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Photos by Adorned Photography & Rene Hernandez, courtesy of Doya.
Opened in late summer 2021, Redeemer is more than your usual pizza joint. The brainchild of Spencer White and Alex Figura, the dynamic duo behind pasta restaurant Dio Mio, the restaurant grew out of their deep obsession with naturally leavened sourdough crust. Spoiler alert: They nailed it, and you can reap the rewards at this hip LoDo favorite, a 10-minute Uber from
Sentral Union Station
. Perfectly executed pies with simple toppings share a menu with fresh veggie apps and an intriguing wine list. If you’re out late, the to-go slice window stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
redeemerpizza.com, 2705 Larimer.
Though it’s been open a few months, this Baja-inspired, sleek Mexican spot in Washington Park is gaining momentum as one of the city’s most exciting new additions. The warm, wood-beamed space features a dramatic bar and cozy outdoor lounging spots. Order a prickly pear margarita and dive into plates like yucca fries and achiote citrus chicken. Vegetarians will appreciate the sweet potato enchiladas and charred-broccoli-and-avocado salad. Don’t leave without ordering the fresh churros.
perdidakitchen.com, 1066 S Gaylord St.
This brand-new Japanese-Thai fusion spot by chef Nan Yimcharoen is a mix of high and low, with eclectic casual decor that feels oh-so-L.A. (in the best way), paired with a full sushi bar for omakase
. In Silverlake, a short-for-L.A. drive from Sentral’s DTLA locations at
732 S. Spring
755 S. Spring
, the restaurant has “chill celeb hangout” written all over it. Originally an ad hoc concept run on Instagram, KinKan still doesn’t have a formal website — but it does have chirashi don
bowls flush with Wagyu beef and uni and a refined crab curry.
@kinkan_la, 771 N. Virgil Ave.
BURGER SHE WROTE
Fans have been lining up for this unassuming burger stand in Beverly Grove for its distinctly West Coast take on smashburgers and ultra-crisp fries. If you’re feeling experimental, try the Oklahoma-style burger, which includes onions pressed right into the patty. A perfect casual lunch on the go.
@burgershewrote_, 7454 Beverly Blvd.
Mediterranean vibes abound at this spacious Wynwood spot inspired by the culture and cuisines of the Aegean Sea. Bring a crew prepared to share and fill your table up with modern mezzes, like branzino ceviche, red lentil kofte
, and marinated feta. There’s a big focus on vegan and vegetarian options, so it’s a great choice if you’re not into animal products.
doyarestaurant.com, 347 NW 24th St.
Conveniently now open near
, the Miami outpost of this much-hyped Austin sushi restaurant (yes, you read that right) debuted in early 2021 to rave reviews. The minimal interior is worthy of a special celebration, but not so fancy that you couldn’t swing by on a weeknight — assuming you can snag a reservation. Chef Tyson Cole offers a few different omakase
menus, but there’s also an extensive list of à la carte rolls, sashimi, and specials that showcase fish at its freshest.
uchimiami.com, 252 NW 25th St.
Clockwise from top left: The spread at Doya, in Miami (photo by Adorned Photography, courtesy of Doya); Karachi Cowboys chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole (photo by Kyle Johnson, courtesy of Karachi Cowboys); the interior of Uchi’s Miami outpost (photo by Chase Daniels, courtesy of Uchi).
Chef Kristi Brown’s plans to open a “Seattle Soul Food” restaurant in a building that once housed the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest were thwarted by the pandemic — almost. She carried on, opening in December 2020 and receiving immediate acclaim for dishes like neckbone stew with lima beans, black-eyed pea hummus, and fried catfish po’mi, an only-in-Seattle sandwich that blends Cajun and Vietnamese influences.
communionseattle.com, 2350 E. Union St.
A pop-up gone permanent, this refreshing concept in Capitol Hill (within walking distance of
Sentral First Hill
and a 15-minute bike ride from
) marries the two cuisines chef Nasir Zubair grew up eating at home — Pakistani dishes and Houston comfort food. Zabir is also unafraid to drawn global inspiration from elsewhere, resulting in delights like aloo sliders with tamarind barbecue sauce and tangy pickled cauliflower.
karachicowboys.com, 1517 12th Ave. #100.
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