Every neighborhood should have a place like this, a groovy, laid-back joint to hang where you can choose a local beer and nibble on a flatbread, salad, or burger. My hood has nothing close to Sundown, and I make the trek to Greenville Avenue to bask in the late-afternoon glow that streams through the windows and warms the wooden walls. Finicky eaters and beer lovers will find nirvana. The kitchen offers an extensive vegan, vegetarian, and ecofriendly menu that features chilled buckwheat soba noodle salad tossed in rich peanut sauce, free-range chicken covered with tasty tabbouleh, and a righteous barbecue grass-fed brisket topped with pecan-smoked bacon and sharp (sharp!) cheddar cheese. Though most of the menu is pocketbook friendly, with prices from $6 to $12, the kitchen attempts to go upscale with a few entrées over $20. The surf and turf, a 10-ounce sirloin with a handful of shrimp, rings up at $25 and doesn’t taste or feel as special as the surroundings. I’d like to see them slim down the menu and do what they do best: a chilled-out joint to hang and drink one of 70 beers with some thoughtful bar food.
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