Booty's is the kind of neighborhood joint you want in your neighborhood. With its concrete floors, reclaimed wood bar, and pressed tin ceilings, it's cool without trying too hard and I want everything on the street food-inspired menu.
I'm tempted by the Cuban rice and beans with roast pork, avocado, and chimichurri, but maybe I should see how the banh mi po' boy rates? In the end, I decide on the Gaijin bowl, a combination of Japanese noodles, plus steak, chicken, pork, and poached egg in a rich, salty broth.
It's past noon, which means a cocktail is in order, and I'm persuaded by my waitress to try the Bywater Bomber. The house daquiri is a nuanced blend of pineapple, orange, and lime juice, plus rose water, Booty's bitters, and Old New Orleans Rum—in other words: boozy, frozen, fruity perfection.