The 404 Kitchen
Housed in a downtown shipping container, this intimate spot barely fits 40 diners, but it's worth a visit if only for its 150-strong whiskey collection that features obscure selections and mainstream brands alike. The dishes emerging from the tiny kitchen -- like the peach and tomato salad, or the rabbit with dandelion greens -- use gamey meats and peasant ingredients like squash, cornbread, and red potatoes to create an assembly of homey flavors.
The people-watching in the Gulch is so entertaining that they should charge admission just to watch it, especially from the elevated outdoor deck of The 404 Kitchen. The already masterful kitchen extends to the patio where they keep a couple of charcoal grills that they use to great effect on seafood and meat dishes, especially the phenomenal tri-tip steak that takes three days to cook. Enjoyed with a glass of wine or a cocktail or a dram of whiskey from the biggest collection of bottles in town, it’s a fantastic accompaniment to the show below.
Start your date with a brown butter-washed Old Fashioned at Gertie’s, the downstairs whiskey bar to get ready for the epic experience that awaits above at The 404 Kitchen. Grab a table out on their outdoor patio to watch the craziness of The Gulch down below, or ask for a more intimate spot in the dining room as you peruse a menu of inventive takes on classic continental cuisine made extraordinary through the use of down-home Southern ingredients and techniques. Steak au poivre with bourbon cream sauce? Yes, please.