Once inside, we found a solid little happy hour, featuring Southern-influenced bar food from former Screen Door head chef Rick Widmayer. The small bar is comfortably offset from the more-formal dining room, and the bar staff is friendly; proximity to the Keller ensures that this place will be packed on show nights, and quiet (or closed!) otherwise. ALISON HALLETT
This high-end French bistro in downtown boasts a spacious front patio,large, sunny windows and dramatic yet simple decor. The menu offers an eclectic blend of nouveau and old world cuisine using locally sourced and often organic ingredients. The kind of place to indulge in croque madame, escargots, or steak tartare. The desserts are naturally decadent, the wine list full of both French and local wines and the staff is knowledgeable. Bon apetit!