You and your bestie are lounging in your apartment, both approaching dangerous hangry levels and craving a drink after a long week at work. “Why don’t we hit up Main Street?” your pal pipes up. While it’s a great suggestion, it barely narrows anything down. With such a diverse food & drink scene, Main Street can be an overwhelming destination. But fear not friends, your dining dilemma can be solved with a trip to Nomad Restaurant. Located directly on Main, tucked between 23rd and 24th Ave., Nomad boasts delicious Pacific Northwest inspired cuisine with a focus on local house-made ingredients, for both kitchen and bar.
We were lucky enough to come in on a Tuesday, when Nomad has a $15 Burger & Beer deal, with the burger changing each week. They also had all day Happy Hour, and yes, you read that correctly. $5 Imperial Pints, $6 Negronis and $6 Femme Fatales, a Nomad signature cocktail with lavender vodka, ginger, lemon and topped with a little bubbly.
We sat at the bar and were greeted by Phil, the bartender. He and the rest of the staff were friendly and engaging, and really made the experience one to remember. We started with a Femme Fatale & a Rachel’s Fantasy, two of Nomad’s signature cocktails, and after that we let Phil take the wheel with the Dealer’s Choice option. However vague or specific, simply tell the bartender what you feel like drinking and they will create a cocktail tailored to your tastes. He hit the nail on the head every time, creating offerings that ranged from a Mezcal Tobacco Vanilla Sour to a Lavender Raspberry Citrus Punch. We would definitely recommend putting your faith in the skilled bartenders and have a unique cocktail created just for you.
The kitchen also managed to blow us away with their creative takes on seemingly ordinary dishes. The house-made sourdough changes every few days and is served with herb butter and addictive smoked chilli salt. We followed up with Sticky Berkshire Pork Belly, with cauliflower florets and puree and topped with a crispy chicharron. And of course, we couldn’t resist trying the Tuesday burger special- this week’s being a 100% grass-fed beef patty, apple fennel mustard, pear barbeque sauce and bourbon onion aioli. The quality of the ingredients really shined through and made for some mouth-watering dishes.
The space is warm, casual and inviting, and is the perfect backdrop for that perfect Instagram post. High ceilings, minimalistic artwork, lots of wood and a tiny succulent placed on each table manage to create a trendy vibe without trying too hard. The restaurant is on the smaller side, giving it an intimate feel and allowing you to actually be able to hold a conversation with your guests.
Nomad offers up a fine dining experience with no fuss and lots of personality. So next time you and your buddy are mindlessly scrolling through Yelp and can’t decide between Mexican or Vietnamese, save yourself the headache and stop into Nomad, your taste buds will thank you.
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