- Griffin Swartzell
- Twenty One Steak
For the last two years, my food-and-drink colleague Matthew Schniper and I have written these year-in-review pieces to reflect on the best plates and biggest trends from our work over the prior 12 months. Schniper recently did his best imitation of a 19th century poet (in my estimation) by lamenting the potential state of our food scene with regards to the replacement of stunner Smørbrød with the underwhelming Roswell, so I’m wrapping up 2019 solo here — though, for the record, I, too, dearly miss Smørbrød and their seafood soup and house-infused akvavit.
But on to what worked in Springs eats this year: The new openings that have stood out most to us are all places that serve food from the heart. These spots didn’t just serve up sustenance — they told small stories about the people who made these dishes, where they came from, and what they care about.
- Griffin Swartzell
- Matthew Schniper
- Mangosteen Thai Street Food
I could go on, eatery by eatery, but in the interest of brevity, I’ll say you should make time for these spots and dishes, too: prolific taphouse Beasts and Brews and especially their knuckle sandwich, loaded with whiskey- and chocolate-braised meat, bleu cheese, pickled peppers and onions, and blueberry horseradish cream; Steven Chi’s Wednesday night noodle and dumpling pop-up at Bar-K with its stunner Taiwanese flavors; Lucky Dumpling for the bao bun chicken and dumplings, which combines chef Brother Luck’s Southern-fried culinary heritage with his love of hip-hop and kung fu flicks; Kushland Kabab and every single item owner Mohammad Azami serves; buttery crust, gorgeously spiced chicken pot pie at Taste of Brasil; K2 Cuisine Indian food truck for delightful sandwiches on awesome house-made doughs; and Fala-Filo and its mansaf, a lamb dish cooked fall-off-the-bone tender and served with flavorful seasoned rice.
Again, these are just some of our highlights from the year, built around the theme of authenticity and sincerity, food from the heart. Cheers to 2019’s fine additions to the scene, and high hopes for a bright 2020 ahead.