The seasoned 'tailsmiths at Backbar concoct a myriad of alco-creations while the kitchen serves up sumptuous comfort food, in a space that feels like your garage if it was trendy and full of strangers.
"Just don't be a douchebag," reads one of the etiquette guidelines on the wall at this hip Downtown Crossing eatery, setting the scene for its no-nonsense approach to enjoying yourself over brews and burgers. An all-brick outfit reminiscent of a Prohibition speakeasy, JM Curley dishes out chef-driven takes on charcuterie boards, duck poutine, and -- most notably -- the house burger featuring homemade "pop's Russian" dressing. Prices run cheap for the tourist-heavy part of town it resides in -- and that goes for the specialty cocktails and domestic craft beers on tap, too.
Stop in for truffle pot pie with a soft poached egg; duck drummettes with cocoa pimente in an XO sauce; fried chicken w/ kimchee & ginger mustard, pork belly, and crispy yuba buns; and a late-night ramen menu (avail Thurs-Sun).
The exterior of Trina's Starlite Lounge looks like your typical dive (could it be the Miller High Life sign?), but once inside, you'll discover a hip, retro-style diner and bar that's serving up killer takes on American classics like hot dogs, burgers, and chili, plus craft beer and seasonal cocktails. Come at night for the local brews, chili-cheese fries, and double-patty cheeseburger, and on weekend mornings for Bloody Marys and the Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy: a buttermilk biscuit with cheese, two eggs over easy, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or chipotle-tomato jam.
B&M's a 50-seat cocktail haven in the same space tricked out with a giant oval copper bar and a Tetris-like chain of mahogany high-tops/drink ledges. Drink and be merry on draft/bottled suds (CBC Amber, Notch Pilsner, Pacifico), select shots like the Double Wide, and creative 'tails like a Scotch/ Benedictine/ Nux Alpina "Sentimental Gentlemen".