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4471 Lawn Ave. (Burlington Ave.) Send to Phone
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Chef-owner Paul Virant's take on modern American cuisine is thoroughly enjoyed in austere environs.
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Vie Restaurant Review

: Chef-owner Paul Virant (Ambria, Blackbird, Everest) has a gem of a restaurant in a town that had hardly known fine dining before, despite its affluent status. The winding floor plan and neutral dining room with black and white photography offer a low-key (and stylish) backdrop for innovative, artful but not over-the-top cuisine. Virant comes up with some interesting and creative combinations; he's particularly touted for his innovative pickling, canning and aigre-doux techniques, which are seamlessly (and often surprisingly) incorporated into dishes that, at their root, are familiar. A great supporter of local and sustainable produce, Virant fashions fleeting delights on his ever-changing menu. You may encounter dishes like veal sweetbreads, garlic-sorghum glaze, pecans, sweet potatoes and arugula pistou. Virant has a formula that keeps diners coming back, be it for pan-roasted fluke or wood-grilled Gunthorp Farms duck breast, parsnip purée and crispy chips, and preserved blueberry duck jus. Anticipate such finales as St. Louis cream cheese butter cake with graham crust and sour cherry jam. The wine list is a nice one: it's flush with atypical selections, many of which have a story to tell. Among specialty cocktails is a seasonal martini made with house-made kumquat tincture, Contratto Bianco and North Shore Vodka infused with kumquats.

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