A lot of Downtown restaurants come and go, but Carson Kitchen manages to not only survive, but thrive. Launched by late celebrity chef Kerry Simon, the casual dining spot is run by Executive Chef John Courtney, one of our favorites, who always keeps the menu fresh and compelling with regular updates. (A jalapeño pesto pork chop was recently introduced and is proving to be a big hit.) Sometimes the wait for a table can be long, but additional rooftop seating opens when the weather is right. Carson Kitchen is also in the process of expanding into the old tattoo parlor next door, which will relocate the bar and open up some much-needed space.