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Not every occasion calls for a full-course meal. That in mind, hungry diners can still hit up restaurants known for high-end cuisine thanks to special bar menus and one-of-a-kind appetizers. Novel in Westside has made a name for itself with creative food, including starters such as the Crispy Egg, where an egg is cooked in water, poached, breaded and then fried. That’s not it, though. The egg is served atop tender tripe and bacon hushpuppies for a wholly unheard of (yet unimaginably delicious) appetizer. Try out the duck neck dumplings as well for another unique dish.
Helmed by Megan and Colby Garrelts, Bluestem in Westport has earned its fair share of renown: Colby is a James Beard Award winner for the Midwest region while Megan a James Beard Award semifinalist as a pastry chef, together forming a formidable kitchen duo. While the dinner menu features meals by course, check out the bar for some hard-to-beat small plates, like the Spanish-style meatballs, hand pulled mozzarella and cavatelli bruciato. Or, go all out with a selection of six different cheeses.