Meridian provided us with the quintessential reminder of what we missed when dining rooms closed during the pandemic: a beautiful space, thoughtful food and stellar service. The menu is an homage to chef Junior Borges’ Brazilian roots like the piri piri chicken, a blue prawn moqueca and calabresa sausage. Barter for a seat in the center of the dining room with a clear view of the open kitchen to watch Borges and his team at work.
Top Pick: If a ramekin of their in-house marbled butter comes anywhere near your table, stuff it in your pocket and ask for another. See how far you can take this. At some point, spread some on their house-made bread, close your eyes and remember that sometimes it’s the simple things.
Downside: Watching “The Villagers” walk by outside might make you feel regretful about how you spent your salad days.
- Price: $$$
- Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-10 p.m.; Closed Sunday
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Garage available, Valet