City Landing opens in what was once a Sel de la Terre tomorrow, July 27, so here's a sneak peek inside to whet your whistle. Eater spoke with chef-owner Bill Brodsky, who says that he's excited to join the bustling waterfront community and that he plans to add some "casual sophistication" to the neighborhood. He's excited about the bar space, which, like a Lite-Brite, is more light and bright: "There was this beautiful bar that was kind of hidden with all these dark curtains, and when we started bringing down walls and the natural light starting hit the bar, it changed the whole character of the room. We've had people come in since who are like 'oh my god, did you guys rebuild this whole bar?' And we're like no, we didn't even touch the bar. It just need to be shown in the proper light."
In the menu department, Brodsky is excited about his Bostonian shrimp and grits, which he says is a variation on the lowcountry version he used to make as a chef in South Carolina. The City Landing version simmers locally milled grits for five hours - "until they completely bloom and lose that mealy texture and are really super creamy" - and pairs them with rock shrimp, roasted peppers, fresh herbs, and Linguica instead of the usual Andouille. He's also doing a lobster roll of sorts - "seeing as how those who might know that I came from the Cape would expect me to do something Capey" - with an emulsified butter-poached lobster served on a grilled Portuguese sweet roll with micro-celery and fleur du sel. Casual. Sophisticated. Light. Bright.
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