Even when a piece of art's so pure that tampering with it seems flat-out criminal, the right visionary can enhance it: without Josh Hartnett, would anybody have realized Othello was about betrayal and basketball? Boldly twisting the sacred art of BBQ, Wexler's.
Moving into Les Amis' old FiDi digs (and cheffed by an ex-Fifth Floorer), Wexler's incorporates various regional 'cue-styles and ultra-fresh ingredients to create uniquely elevated "new American BBQ"; the space's rustic-chic and awash in dark wood 'n' zinc, w/ space for 10 at the bar and another 35 beneath a crazy ceiling-hung, laser-cut, undulating segmented wood "canopy", which is almost definitely from the future. Small plates aren't all that small, and range from Texas-style chili w/ smoked short ribs and pickled chiles & creme fraiche, to Tomales Bay oyster chowder w/ liquid hush puppies & pastis, to chicken liver mousse w/ green tomato chutney & candied corn that'll totally get caught in your pirate beard. Entrees include bread-wiches, e.g., a bacon-wrapped/jalapeno-stuffed hotdog and a pulled lamb sando w/ watermelon vinegar, plus heaping plates of smoked stuff like whole Maine lobster w/ cornbread stuffing and BBQ jus-smothered short ribs w/ Easter egg radish (if they can find it).
To wash it all down, there're 15 constantly changing microbrews (e.g., Green Flash Brewery's "Le Freak", Flying Dog's "Old Scratch"), a 60-bottle winelist, and specialty cocktails including the apparently labor-intensive "Five Minute Julep", also the exact amount of time you'll be able to enjoy Hartnett's acting before really needing that drink.