Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email email@example.com.
Panettone at Patisserie 46
Available only during the holiday season, each orange-spiked brioche is baked in its own 6-inch paper dish. Ringed with chocolate and topped with streusel, toasted almonds, and powdered sugar, it’s the perfect treat for a wintery weekend brunch.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #3 | Contributed by Ted Held]
Apricot Bars at Broders’ Cucina Italiana
These bars have a tender, buttery cookie base; an apricot layer of jammy, sweet-and-tart intensity, with some satisfying chew; and a topping of dabs of buttery dough. They’re exactly what bars should be: simple and very, very good.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Jane Rosemarin]
Khinkali at Sonora Grill
While it’s not clear what Georgian dumplings are doing at Sonora Grill, of all places, we really enjoyed this Mexican spin on a Central Asian staple. These deep-fried pouches of well-spiced chorizo came floating on a thick tide of nutty sauce.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Tweeted by James Norton]
Arctic Char roll at Kyatchi
Kyatchi’s Arctic char roll features shiso leaf, pickled gourd, inari, avocado, and fresh lemon juice. It’s an awesome blend of flavors and textures: sweet, savory, velvety, crunchy. It’s simple; it’s complex; it’s delicious.
[Last week on the Hot Five: #1 | Contributed by Joshua Page]
Fulton Worthy Adversary at Red Cow St. Paul
We were bummed when we found out that Red Cow was sold out of Lift Bridge Silhouette, but we found redemption via a Fulton Beer offering. Mellow and malty (you’d hardly guess Worthy Adversary is 81 IBU), smooth as silk, and finished with flavors that evoke toffee and gingerbread, this 9.5% ABV Russian imperial stout is a worthy way to celebrate the holiday season.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by James Norton]