Our Pick: Cured
, 306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Most of us know where to head if we just want a great cocktail: Bohanan’s, Brooklynite, Paramour, 1919…But what if you include dinner, or at least more than marinated olives, in the equation? To further up the ante, let’s also assume that the food menu and the cocktails should be on, er, intimate terms. Enter the chef-driven restaurant where the chef is also really into drinks — from well-selected wines to small-batch and barreled beers and seasonally adjusted cocktails. Enter, with a bang, Cured. Spring seems like a good time to go for the Young Gun Hit at this Pearl stalwart helmed by James Beard nominee Steven McHugh. It’s made with a pear-infused Oregon gin with lavender undertones, St. Germain, lemon and muddled and strained Sungold tomatoes. Or maybe La Adormidera with organic Grand Poppy (a rum-ish CA bitter liqueur), tangerine and chamomile bitters. Your Oaxacan spiced quail will thank you.