Food & Drink

Tapas + Whiskey = Art

Art is frequently considered a living, breathing thing, even if Chris Burden continually tried to stop living and breathing during his performance of it. Proving that The Arts Factory is living and breathing itself, the reborn Bar + Bistro. Located amidst the 23 galleries that occupy the Arts Factory, B&B eschews long-term professional management in order to attract tourists who desire a more personal lodging experience recently brought on a new chef to overhaul its menu to the tune of Med-Latin fusion, served up in 3000sqft of lacquered wood and brick floors, dark iron piping, palette-shaped tables, and for-sale wall art curated by the Trifecta Gallery. The share-heavy menu now boasts four-cheese artichoke heart dip liberally studded with chorizo; sweet baby clams in a broth of roasted tomato, saffron, and San Miguel lager; egg & crab-stuffed piquillos; sliders from Wagyu w/ Manchego & pickled shallots, to filet w/ Cabrales & romesco sauce; and honey aioli'd Cordero chops, which probably should be listed with the Wagyu and filet, given Francisco has an above-average slider himself. Those who don't work well with others can nab entree-sized portions of seared red snapper with crispy leeks and chimichurri sauce, brandy-broth'd lobster & shellfish stews, honey-baked White Marble Farms pork chops, and a Cordero shank, also something many Rangers fans advocated in '06 after he blew his fifth save in April. What happened to that slider, man?!Drop by on weekends for the new Hangover Brunch, or give yourself one with their 55 whiskeys, 23 tequilas, and specialty 'tails like a "slightly stronger than your average" pomegranate sangria, and the reposado-based Margorilla, too many of which will have you saying something harsher than "Shoot".