The famed Charlie Palmer checked out of boutique hotel The Joule recently, and today, CBD Provisions (1530 Main St.) opens as the hotel's new anchor restaurant. CBD is owned by Consilient Hospitality, who also owns Hibiscus, Victor Tangos, The Porch, The Front Room at Hotel Lumen and multiple locations of Fireside Pies.
Chef Michael Sindoni has created a menu that focuses on Texas' natural bounty, including Gulf oysters with absinthe-whipped lardo; little goat pies with stout braised cabrito; braised tripe with chorizo; head on shrimp and grits with 'nduja (a spreadable pork sausage). There's also roasted Gulf amberjack with homestead grains tabouleh. Be sure to bring the whole family out for the Berkshire pig-head carnitas.
Lunch includes pork rinds, 'nduja pimento cheese, soups, whole hog Cuban sandwiches, a grilled cheese with house-made mortadella. The bigger plates include strozzapreti with local mushrooms, soffritto, cheese and a farm egg.
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CBD will also serve breakfast: chile pork tacos, buckwheat pancakes with house-made preserves; and homestead steel-cut oats with Texas pecans, sorghum and crème fraîche.
The bar will obviously focus on local craft beer selections on draft as well as a high-end regionally focused cocktail program.
The interior was designed by Claudia Woods and aims to give guest the full rustic Wild West experience with "big city brasserie" character, exposed brisk walls, salvaged wood floors and a fully open kitchen.
CBD Provisions is open for all services right out of the gate: breakfast, lunch and dinner.