I'm no expert on Izakayas. I don't spend a lot of time searching out great sushi, ramen, or shochu, for that matter. I like the stuff, but I'm far from any authority on the subject. However, it seems Miso Izakaya in the Old Fourth Ward has been buzzing a bit lately as the restaurant has seemed to hit its stride with Guy Wong and crew cranking out some seriously tasty food.
Shochu. What is Shochu? I asked the same question when I got there as I am apparently late to the Shochu party. Shochu is a Japanese distilled liquor, not unlike vodka or whiskey, just with about half the alcohol content. Miso has numerous fun infused-shochu drinks like the cucumber-lemongrass pictured here. We also tried the grapefruit and ginger, as well as the basil lemonade, which was right tasty.