Intrepid casual fare from a tight-knit, indie-chef community.
Katie Button, who trained under Spain’s top chefs, including elBulli restaurant’s Ferran Adrià, before taking the helm at Cúrate. There, she serves signature tapas such as Pluma Ibérica ($20): grilled acorn-fed pork with sprigs of smoking rosemary and thyme.
Duck taco with mole ($5.25) at White Duck Taco Shop; sea scallops with lemon-thyme quinoa ($27) from The Admiral; Mole Negro Truffles ($11.75/six) from French Broad Chocolates.
Barrel-aged Negroni ($12) at The Imperial Life, the hip new cocktail lounge above Jacob and Alicia Sessoms’ Table.