Bocca Lupo last week. The new off-the-menu-special of black pepper spaghetti, wild boar and togarashi meatballs is ridiculously good.
Miller Union, a place I often forget about when thinking of places to go to for lunch or dinner. A kale & chicory salad with grapefruit, pecans, and shallot vinaigrette felt like spring, in a good way. Clean flavors here, as I've come to expect at MU. Also tasty was the chicken liver pate, and a roast beef and horseradish melt. Good stuff as always. And the place was packed. For lunch. On a random Saturday. Good for them.
Smoke Ring, the new bbq place that opened in the Castleberry Hill community near downtown. We tried a number of dishes. The pulled pork sandwich pictured above was decent, though somewhat dry. The brisket was actually pretty good, but the ribs were dry, the cornbread was regrettably cardboard-ish and some other sides were equally forgettable. Far too many other, better bbq joints around town to draw me back here. Maybe they'll get some things worked out in time.