|An arepa, a leavened corn pancake, topped with smoked Cornish hen. | Photos by Mabel Suen|
Público (6679 Delmar Boulevard; 314-833-5780), the latest concept from restaurateur Mike Randolph of Half & Half, opened on March 4 in the Delmar Loop just doors down from his Neapolitan-style pizza joint, the Good Pie. The self-proclaimed taberna features a Latin-American inspired menu of handcrafted cocktails and food, utilizing an oak-burning hearth to cook up spit-roasted meats and more. The concept takes nods from Randolph's former restaurants, MEDIAnoche and Little Country Gentleman, offering refined, artfully presented plates.
"It's a different thing. The wood, the ambiance sets us apart. We're not trying to become a turn-and-burn taco joint. We're trying to be someplace that people can come in and maybe get a good piece of meat, fish," he told Gut Check in an interview last year. "But if they do get tacos, they're going to get 'em roasted by hand, by wood in our custom hearth."
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