Sustainable grub, doggie style
Encore performances usually require changes of some kind, unless Bowie already played that, in which case Modern Love will do just fine, thank you very much. For a University City icon switching up its menu/look with its second effort, get out to White Dog Cafe.
The new White Dog's digs differ from the UCity mothership, with a unique menu of locavore pleasers and an interior that forgoes the original's Victorian treatments for a smattering of 19th century nods throughout a contemporary setting: dining rooms decked in whitewash and floating books and a comfy bar in rich dark woods covered in dog portraits, comfy upholstered low-backs, and banquettes styled like tweed wingbacks, which have fallen out of favor in an era of spread offenses/recliners. Small plates include a chicken liver mousse prepped w/ sun-dried cherry chutney & sourdough croustades; ravioli stuffed w/ wild trumpet mushrooms & served w/ scallions, Tasso ham, and a light porcini cream; and crab cakes w/ a citrus vinaigrette & Kaufmann apples, whose iPods presumably only play "Man On The Moon". Big plates offer wood-grilled yellow fin w/ late harvest tomatoes & capers topped w/ a rouille; a 14oz ribeye w/ a black pepper crust w/ Brussels sprouts & a grilled onion bread pudding; and short ribs braised in red wine served w/ a garlic-parm potato puree, crispy shallots, and root vegetables, although anybody'd become brain-dead if they had to watch Jimmy Fallon every night.
The bar's open and serving canine-named coffee cocktails like the Kahlua-spiked Chihuahua, and sides include truffle parm fries w/ a spicy aioli & mushrooms, which if you eat before the concert, will ensure you see plenty of Changes, you Rebel, Rebel.