Ian McNulty digs into a variety of dishes around the city, including Cake Cafe's smoked salmon-cream cheese-tomato-caper-red onion stuffed bagel, which "address[es] the problem of bagel fillings sliding out from between sliced halves when you bite in, making them ideal for breakfast on the go," McNulty says. For 4 bucks, it's "like a mini, self-contained breakfast platter." Also subject to the McNulty Dig: the upscale smoked foie gras at Ox Lot 9 in Covington; and the coal-oven chicken wings at Magazine Street pizzeria Amici.
Also from the Advocate, Allison Alsup checks in with the CBD hotspot CellarDoor, which puts the"hidden" in "hidden gem." Bartender Michael Yusko creates a more historically accurate version of the Old Fashioned cocktail called The Bittered Sling, which Alsup calls "refreshingly sharp and simple and an elegant departure from usual, candied-up suspects." (Yusko also has "a thing for names," shown by drinks on the menu called The Nervous Light of Sunday and The Drink of Laughter and Forgetting.)