Visionary masters demand total commitment, even from those seeking tiny morsels of knowledge -- tell Mr. Miyagi you're only interested in the crane kick, and he'll still have you buffing his Chevy. For culinary enlightenment on your terms, hit Orson
Housed in a dramatic steel-beamed warehouse, Orson's designed as a patron-friendly showcase for Citizen Cake chef Elizabeth Falkner's "Edgy California Cuisine" -- ingredient-driven traditional fare infused with the tangy nectar of innovation.
Whether you're snacking at the 30-seat bar-in-the-round, loitering in the lounge, or seated for a mighty 6-hour repast, you'll have your pick of "shorts" (charred octopus w/beef tendon, butterfish brulee), "premiers" (short rib w/spinach and espresso, blood sausage w/grits), and desserts like the pigwich: pizzelles sandwiched around maple-bacon ice cream -- as daring a pairing as Choco Tacos with guac.
Even the drinks come Edgy, like the noir-classic-monikered Touch of Evil: Bulleit Bourbon spiked with St. George Absinthe, it's hallucinatory powers could even have you buying a brown-faced Charlton Heston as a Mexican cop
Orson proper is dinner-only, but they're installing a takeout Citizen Cake lunch kiosk, slinging sandwiches, pastries, and coffee drinks -- so convenient, it's on par with Miyagi softening up the Cobra Kai in advance, then doing Daniel-San's algebra homework