WHY Well-crafted, upscale cocktails and vibrant American cuisine in a classy setting.
WHAT Don’t be surprised when walking through the non-descript entrance to Sonny’s Hideaway—the gorgeous restaurant and bar more than make up for the lacking aesthetics of the facade. Once inside, snag a seat at the bar and watch the masterful mixologists shake and stir to perfection. They serve all the classics, but the signature drinks—such as the Whiskey Business, Croatoan, and Napali Death Toll— are all highly recommended. Once properly satiated, we suggest ordering a few of their distinguished dishes. The grilled octopus matches bright, citrusy flavors with tender meat and a great crunchy char. Decadent coffee-braised pork cheeks are well balanced thanks to the accompanying apple relish and honeycomb. Sea Bass a la Plancha is also a hit, with perfectly cooked fish resting on fregula sarda, spring garlic, kiwi and cauliflower puree. Don’t get too stuffed though, because the deserts, like the deconstructed blood orange custard, are fantastic as well.
WHO Trendy couples looking for high-end cocktails and Eastsiders that like to think of themselves as foodies.
Neighborhood: Highland Park
Features: Cocktails, Dinner, Food and liquor, Open Late, Patio Dining
Price Range: $10-$16, $17-$24
Cuisine Type: Modern American