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More on Bonfire replacement Pairings

Posted by Devra First  October 16, 2009 12:04 PM

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As promised, a definition of "food and drink with personality."

Apparently, Pairings offers small plates of contemporary American cuisine for sharing, in a relaxed atmosphere. (I'm not really sure why it's called Pairings, exactly -- the name seemed to promise drink pairings, or flavor pairings, or a mad hookup scene. As it's not the first two, perhaps it's the last?)

If that description sounds like half the other restaurants in town right now, the food at least sounds creative. Sample dishes: duck with figs, chestnuts, and arugula; lobster corn dogs; grilled prawns with shishito peppers; and smoked gnocchi with oxtail, oregano, and ricotta. Of course, you'll find the requisite hanger steak and local grass-fed burger, as well. Lunch will focus on soups, salads, and sandwiches. Lobster grilled cheese, anyone?

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