Each Friday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hot Five is a weekly feature created by the Heavy Table and supported by Shepherd Song Farm.
Cardamom Breve at the Bachelor Farmer Cafe
Most coffee revs you up, but the cardamom breve is engineered to soothe. It’s a balm for weary soul, no matter what you’re weary of. An artful glass of warm cream, strong espresso, a pinch of sugar and spice. And a tiny ginger cookie on the side, just because.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Tricia Cornell]
Bacon-Basil-Risotto Bowl from The French Press
The bacon-basil-risotto bowl from Eau Claire’s The French Press is lighter than it may sound, with the risotto not dripping in cheese, but just providing a nice source of starch to cradle the lightly poached eggs. Fresh basil and parsley brighten the dish, and of course you can never go wrong with strips of crispy bacon.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by Amy Rea]
Pork Buns at Tea House
A steamed bun is often an insubstantial thing, a few fluffy bites and a fleeting memory. Not the big, honkin’ buns they serve up at the Tea House. The copious filling that packs each one of these things tastes (and almost certainly is) house made, and it’s got a bold, deep, earnest flavor. One of our favorite things about this restaurant is its ability to transform dishes that are phoned in (or decanted from frozen bags) at other places, and breathe them full of flavorful life, and these pork buns are a perfect example of that approach to food.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Submitted by James Norton]
Sugarbush Whiskey Barrel-Aged Barleywine at Dangerous Man Brewing
A beautiful symbiotic relationship between spirits and beer can be found at Dangerous Man Brewing right now. The Sugarbush Whiskey Barrel-Aged Barleywine is an English-style beer that has been put into barrels from the North Shore’s first aged whiskey. Its tempered sweetness and viscosity make it an ideal winter warmer.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #4 | Submitted by Paige Latham]
Longevity Noodles at United Noodles
United Noodles had a press dinner this week to ring in the Lunar New Year, and the highlight was long, delicate, garlicky noodles bedecked with giant prawns and scallions, symbolizing long life. The evening was a reminder that there are a lot of ways to celebrate, a lot of dates that are sacred to somebody, and a lot of good things to eat under the sun.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #5 | Submitted by James Norton]