Top Restaurant Openings of the Week
San Francisco: Belcampo Meat Co.
Belcampo Meat Co. has finally brought its enviable butchery program and meat-forward menu to Polk Street in San Francisco (above). Compared to the California chainlet's other storefronts in Larkspur Landing and at markets in Downtown LA and Santa Barbara, the Russian Hill outpost is definitely on the more elegant side. The front butcher shop sells beautiful meats and eggs, direct from Belcampo Farms in Gazelle, Calif., while the narrow, wood-lined restaurant is sunny under giant windows. Both the vivid periwinkle blue booths and the brown menus are made with leather from Belcampo's own cow hides. Read more about the restaurant's meat-centric menu here. 1998 Polk St.
Chicago: Henry's Swing Club
In 1947 John Lee Hooker sang about a bar in Detroit where music blasted, people danced all night and the vibe was so electric that you couldn’t help but join the fun. It was called Henry’s Swing Club and a reincarnation of that non-stop party opens tomorrow in the River North neighborhood. While Henry’s is first and foremost a bar, but no rockin’ party is complete without snacks. The majority of the menu is dedicated to 25 slider options, ranging from the traditional burger (above) with mustard, ketchup and American cheeses to the fried oyster slider with Sriracha pickled ginger. Read more about the opening here.
18 W. Hubbard St.; 312-955-8018
Denver: Salt & Grinder
For the 11th time, Frank Bonanno’s a proud papa. The local empire builder's latest, Salt & Grinder, is an all-day specialist, with an especially strong breakfast menu. Plates range from a green chile-smothered burrito to peanut butter-and-jam-stuffed French toast to, of course, sandwiches loaded with meats, eggs and cheese (above). They’re major mouthfuls, just like the ones on the lunch and dinner menu — which are soon to be supplemented by daily specials like knishes and maybe even the occasional bowl of matzo-ball soup. Have a good look in the slideshow here. 3609 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-945-4200
New York City: Cherche Midi
Legendary restaurateur Keith McNally still knows a thing or two about opening a restaurant. His latest venture, Cherche Midi, has two chefs at the helm — Shane McBride and Daniel Parilla — who have put together a menu of mostly takes on classics with a few twists. A particularly outstanding lobster ravioli with ginger beurre blanc (above) was by far the stand out of the night. A prime rib cheeseburger topped with mushrooms and bacon marmalade is also worth a try, but not sure Midi has perfected it just yet (Minetta Tavern still has a leg up in the burger department). For more on the menu and the space, read here. 282 Bowery; 212-226-3055
Boston: Loretta's Last Call
Opening next to Fenway Park, the Southern restaurant and country music bar looks like the roadhouse of Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson's dreams. The menu is stocked with traditional Southern fare like hushpuppies with honey bourbon butter, lobster grit cakes with Tabasco, fried chicken galore, a Country Ham Dinner with biscuits and gravy, and a Southern Fish Fry of catfish, shrimp and pickled okra. For more about Loretta's read on here.