Stirred, But Not Shaken

Consider the humble Daquiri, a drink that calls for just three ingredients: sugar, rum and lime juice. What should be a refreshing, simple drink that perfectly tempers the sweet burn of white rum with the zing of fresh lime is consistently turned into a dayglo concoction that has more in common with a sugary Slurpee than something an adult would drink. The folks at The Side Door would like to change that. For the past three months the small, elegantly appointed lounge tucked away next to the Family Dollar at 3530 Leavenworth St. has quietly been making some of the best, most authentic cocktails in town. Yes, The Side Door also serves beer and wine, but not a lot. There are just five...

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New wine from George Paul Vinegar

* George Paul Vinegar released its raspberry and Brianna vinegars in late January. The company, which is located in Cody, Neb., and makes artisanal vinegar, sold out of its first batch of raspberry vinegar back in 2009. This is the first run of the Brianna, which is made from Nebraska-grown white wine. The company is offering a free bottle of its apple-cider vinegar on orders of three or more bottles until March 1. George Paul Vinegar is available online at georgepaulvinegar.com or to purchase at Whole Foods or La Buvette. * eCreamery is offering assistance to home chefs. The online and retail ice cream store is selling pre-packaged mixes of four of its ice cream flavors, including vanilla...

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More food news from Midtown Crossing

* Carnivores have yet another option for burgers — Blanc Burgers & Bottles, a chain based in Prairie Village, Kansas, recently opened at Midtown Crossing. The centerpiece of the restaurant’s menu is their gourmet burgers, which incorporate ingredients like Wagyu and Kobe beef, with fancy-schmancy toppings like foie gras butter and house-made pickles. Those who aren’t fans of red meat will appreciate burgers with mahi-mahi, slow-cooked pork, grilled portabellas and even a lentil burger, all with equally creative toppings. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 502.3686. * Another Midtown Crossing...

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Grey’s Anatomy

Journalists are supposed to be unbiased. Most writers, at their best, do as well as they can to stay neutral, too. That being said, I knew I would like The Grey Plume before I even saw the sign go up last December outside its home on 31st and Farnam. I know its chef/owner Clayton Chapman professionally. I interviewed him for a profile several years ago when he was the executive chef at Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops, and I run into him periodically around town, mostly at foodie events. He is always pleasant, and frankly, he’s just plain cute. Actually, dreamy is the right word, with his wavy blond locks, permanent smile and soft voice. So I confess, I knew I would have plenty of good...

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Sea Change

Everyone talks about the location of restaurants, but the space can be just as critical. Del Mare features a new menu from its days as Prestige World Class, but the largest change is the walls that have altered the size of the dining room. Prestige opened in 2006 in a 10,000-square-foot building at 169th and Pacific. It featured a large main room, nightclub and spacious patio overlooking Pacific Springs golf course. I reviewed Prestige in 2007, and again in 2009 after a menu change. On both occasions, I enjoyed the food but found the “something for everyone” menu made it difficult to excel in any one area. All that space sometimes made the dining room feel empty. Last year, owner...

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Boiler Room, Crescent Moon

* Everyone wants an escape from Nebraska at the moment, right? The staff at downtown’s Boiler Room took a week out of the restaurant to travel to San Francisco to do some foodie research. Last year, the team visited Chicago restaurants and speakeasy-type bars to influence their menu and drink list. San Francisco is sure to inform The Boiler Room’s wine list and its emphasis on local and organic cuisine. The restaurant reopened Jan. 24, after a week hiatus. Visit theboilerroomrestaurant.com or call 916.9274. * What most of us already know, Draft Magazine has made official. The publication listed the Crescent Moon as one of its best 100 beer bars. The Crescent Moon and adjoining...

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