1. Kitty Dare
Opened in late 2021, this Mediterranean restaurant takes over a storied Edgewood Avenue space that’s housed several popular restaurants, most recently Robert Phalen’s eclectic One Eared Stag (which had great burgers). The space employs the familiar white and blue aesthetic, with ornate black and white floor tile and wooden tables to add a balance of elegance and comfort. The menu is split into four courses, with starters like arancini and Spanish mussels, charcuterie boards layered with locally sourced meats and cheeses, French onion soup, roasted cauliflower and salads on third, and entrees like bucatini and shrimp. And of course they knew that a burger would be expected, so they’ve got one that’s sure to draw attention: a blend of ground chuck, brisket, and short rib under provolone, with Bibb lettuce, roma tomato, caramelized onions, and grilled pancetta on a brioche bun from Proof Bakery. We dare you not to be hungry.