Food & Drink

Your friendly neighborhood gastro-grub

In an age where everybody-knows-your-name bars have been replaced by everybody-knows-your-status sites, a neighborhood joint like Spicewood Tavern is cause for more than 140 characters of celebration.Simple-but-striking typography from Sanctuary creates a backdrop for dishes from a chef who helped open Enoteca, and is now plating unpretentious gastropub fare like ancho chile-rubbed pork chops, braised beef short ribs in red wine jus, and queso enhanced with chorizo and Thirsty Goat beer, so slurp it like you were raised in a barn.Overseen by a 15yr vet of Miami and NY most recently at the Belmont, fresh-juiced cocktails run from a White Hat rum Hemingway Daiquiri, to a Patrón Silver Mexican Firing Squad. More pours count 20 rotating brews (with rare taps including Breckenridge Brewery '471' IPA), Belgian bottles like St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quad, and a wine list that proclaims the merits of each bottle, ordering information that'll lessen the odds you'll damage your relationship status.