Over the years, people have taken all sorts of things to the streets, from war protests, to marches raising awareness about the treatment of minorities, to simply, beautifully, Michael McDonaldly, "it". For a beloved resto doing the same, head to Michael's Genuine Food Cart this weekend.
Stationed outside Brownes & Co. on 40th Street, and gearing up for monthly Second Saturday Art Walks (with other dates TBD), Michael's Cart's a tiny aluminum satellite of Mr. Schwartz's Design District hotspot rocking a menu whose theme changes monthly; everything's prepped in the resto, then finished on the street -- think of it as Streets of Rage 4: Sous Chef's Revenge. This month's theme's Southern: garlic chile crab dip with house-made chips; slow-roasted & shredded Palmetto Creek Farms pork shoulder with Anson Mills cheese grits, parsley sauce, and heirloom tomato chow chow (kinda like a relish); and peanut butter s'mores whose marshmallows're made in Michael's by the pastry chef, then layered together at the cart and torched in front of you, without anyone shouting "Flame On", which, depending on where the cart's parked, could be risky. For drinks, they've got a sweet tea brewed from local passion fruit, and although they can't sell booze, Schwartz himself suggests toting along a flask of bourbon for spiking purposes; his go-to is Blanton's, or if he can find it, a rare whiskey called Black Maple Hill, which has notes of butterscotch, orangy citrus, and "lingering wood", plus a subsequent inability to wear basketball shorts.
As a bonus, Brownes & Co. is keeping their doors open extra-late for shopping, offering an open bar on Red Stripe and Gran Sierpe Pisco cocktails, and rocking live music outside, with singer/songwriter Mad Skeleton playing tunes like "When It's Complicated", and "The Devils Orchestration", which some term the Doobie Brothers' music, but really, that's just What A Fool Believes.