Dining Out Sustainably: Foreign & Domestic

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Poppycock
Poppycock at Foreign & Domestic

It’s ironic that the first dish I had at Foreign & Domestic Food & Drink was Poppycock as this restaurant is far from nonsensical.  Owners and chefs Ned and Jodi Elliott have brought their vast culinary experience to the North Loop are and are cooking up some serious food in this relaxed neighborhood diner.

The food is refined but playful ranging from snacks like the Poppycock (pork rinds, caramel corn and candied nuts) and fried okra with shishito peppers to Ned’s rendition of macaroni & cheese, a luscious ditali pasta and cheddar topped with braised oxtails and a poached egg.

Fried okra & shishitoDitali & CheddarPopoversCarrot Cake Sundae

The dishes are elegant in their details while not being overworked in their presentation.  After all, it isn’t every day that your three course prix fixe dinner comes with a Lone Star tall boy or the mise en place is staged in canning jars.

Counter at Foreign & DomesticMise en Place at Foreign & Domestic

Of course one of the things that attracted me to Foreign & Domestic is their commitment to sourcing locally.  The current menu, which changes regularly, features dishes from Countryside and Richardson Farms as well as local produce.

You can enjoy inexpensive snacks and beverages during their Blue Hour, 5:30-6:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday and again 9:30-10:30 on Saturday nights, or grab your meal to go.  After the New Year,  Foreign & Domestic will also be serving brunch. Grab a tall boy, belly up to the counter and enjoy.

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