Specializing in adventurous Northwest-influenced French dishes of extraordinary quality, this cozy and unassuming restaurant consistently ranks among the city's most acclaimed dining venues. The menu changes regularly but often features items like beef-cheek bourguignon, chicken and oxtail with semolina gnocchi, and seared foie gras with chestnut, raisins, bacon, and cinnamon toast (especially exceptional). And, yes, pigeon is served, too. Everything is prepared with balance,
nuance, and attention to detail. Less adventurous eaters might opt for the burger, delicious in its own right, and there's always a vegetarian option as well. With exposed brick, mismatched antique china, communal tables, and a counter overlooking the open kitchen that allows diners to interact with the chefs, the atmosphere at this 42-seat restaurant is trendy yet casual. While not required, reservations are a good idea, especially on weekends. James Beard–winning chef Gabriel Rucker also operates an excellent sister restaurant downtown, Little Bird Bistro.