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Craft & Commerce

675 W. Beech St. (Kettner Ave.) Send to Phone
High design, clever cocktails and gourmet bar food make Craft & Commerce a favorite spot in Little Italy.
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Lunch & Dinner daily
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Craft & Commerce Restaurant Review

: In reaction to clutter and the dilution of intellectual culture, Arsalun Tafazoli and Nate Stanton created Craft & Commerce as a modern day meeting spot for the exchange of ideas over well-thought-out cocktails and comfort-style bar food. Books line the shelves, and quotes from classics are written in chalk across the walls and in pen on the olive green banquettes. Imbibers can try the Wimbledon Fizz with Pimms and egg whites, or share feisty rum-Champagne cocktails from 38-ounce punch bowls. Nibble on three-layer salmon BLTs or white cheddar burgers, but please do not ask for ketchup, as it's a condiment without a home at C&C. The eclectic menu also sports bacon-wrapped dates, buttermilk biscuits and broiled oysters with green pepper mayo as starters. Mini corn dogs, mussels with fries and short ribs run the show as heartier fillers. Don't miss the ice cream sandwich with candied bacon, one of just two desserts. We like the bold statement this place makes with its bizarre yet enticing design --- a lion rug hangs upside down on the ceiling, a zebra head peers down from above, and a squirrel rides bareback on a raccoon. Rotating craft beers spill from taps and there are beer cocktails, too, like the Up in Smoke featuring Allagash Curieux, Islay scotch, Fuji apples and lime. Not surprisingly, the bartenders are well-versed and good conversationalists.

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