Food & Drink

Upscale eats and craft cocktails off Inman

There's something magical about watching two all-stars play together -- like Bird and McHale on the court, Cam and Bourque on the ice, or Baby Kermit and Baby Skeeter in a lavishly outfitted nursery. To watch two resto all-stars sate your hunger, hit Bergamot, opening to the public on Friday

From a power chef/GM duo of noteworthy pedigree (Harvest, Scampo, Craigie on Main), comes Bergamot, a progressive American eatery located in the old EVOO spot, and cooking up a balanced menu of fresh, locally sourced farm/sea favorites in a remodeled 78-seat dining room replete w/ earthy brown/green walls, refinished hardwood & stone floors, a black counter/light wood 8-seat bar, and a giant orange couch, but don't mention that -- it's sensitive about its weight/spray tan. Meaty entrees include a nettle-sauced roasted lamb loin accompanied by faro risotto/black trumpet mushrooms; braised rabbit leg w/ parsley pappardelle; and a grilled flatiron steak w/ créme fraiche-laced yellow finn potatoes, ramp vichyssoise, and dehydrated red onion that stubbornly refuses to drink Gatorade since they discontinued Citrus Cooler. They've also got sea fare like green garlic-sauced sea scallops w/ roasted asparagus and braised breakfast radish; egg-battered east coast halibut plated w/ fava beans and caramelized onion soubise; and pan-seared monkfish medallions w/ fried capers, globe artichokes, and a sprinkle of chorizo dust, which has led to a tragic rise in Tinkerbell obesity.

Drinkwise, Bergamot's rocking craft local brews (Berkshire's Steel Rail, Mayflower IPA, Pretty Things Jack D'Or), and 16 specialty cocktails culled from an extensive menu of small batch liquors -- creating another magical all-star duo -- whatever one thing you're looking at.