We like to think of George Abou-Daoud’s restaurants as a family affair: Bowery’s the city-slicker brother, Tamarind Ave. is the working-class cousin, and Delancey’s the Italian aunt whose sauced nephew (The Mission Cantina) still lives at home.
And now there’s a grandpa to sweet grandma Mercantile: District opens next door today.
The bistro’s handsome mahogany bar, rusted cement walls, and iron fixtures provide the old-country backdrop for chef Kris Morningstar’s seasonal, refined, rustic cuisine. Start with duck fat Yorkshire puddings and share semolina gnocchi with sage and sauce rognone. Or braised lamb with artichoke hearts, white bean puree, and black olive. Save room for toffee Napoleons or prune financier with pistachio ice cream.
Drink to your health with The Last Word (gin/yellow chartreuse/maraschino liqueur/lime), seasonal fruit caipirinhas, or punches by the pitcher.
That’s your kind of kindred spirit.
District, 6600 Sunset Boulevard, at Seward Street, Hollywood (323-962-8200 or districtonsunset.com).
Photo: Robert Gross-Herndon / Bowery Street Enterprises