Creative Small Plates
Odd Duck is a restaurant located on South Lamar co-owned by James Beard Award finalist Bryce Gilmore (of Barley Swine fame) and led by another pair of James Beard Award nominees--Mark Buley and Sam Hellman-Mass. The focus is on small plates of creative and, naturally, local cuisine. While the menu changes, our meal had a number of highlights, so I can't imagine you can go too wrong. The sunchoke tater tots with deviled eggs, beats, and dill oil, and the spicy lamb sausage with Meyer lemon relish, green chili hummus, and almond were two of the best dishes I've had all year, though there honestly want a single miss out of the whole bunch. Dessert is fantastic as well--our Meyer lemon curd topped with lemon ice cream and a layer of salted, roasted honey marshmallow was so good we had to order another. Also, as with Barley Swine, the beer list is taken quite seriously. Bonus points for a bright mid-century building design and little creative touches like the height markings on a section of the wall, staff member baseball cards given with the check, and a humorous (and appropriate) reminder to wash your hands in the men's restroom. Go with a small group and eat the menu!
By Greg Marks
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