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Sam Worley

Chef Nicole Pedersen (C-House) teams up with Amy Morton on this lively, congenial restaurant and bar.

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I don't know what I was expecting at Found Kitchen & Social House, which comes from chef Nicole Pederson, who most recently oversaw the kitchen at C-House, and restaurateur Amy Morton. But it likely wasn't a lively, happy crowd, people at every mismatched set of table and chairs, a 45-minute wait, or a dining room so haphazardly arranged and yet so inviting that you'd be tempted to wait those out no matter how crowded the circumstances. We ended up eating at the bar, where a friendly, admirably mustached bartender obliged us with a lovely pisco sour with lavender bitters and bourbon-oriented cocktails just as good. You'll find Pederson's plates to be shareable, generously portioned, and a good deal for such swank digs. A crock of roasted brussels sprouts with squash and harissa is so warm, sweet, and spicy I could eat it all winter long. A flatbread with celery root puree and braised short rib is made transcendent by a big pile of lemon-juice-tossed arugula atop it, the peppery acidity providing just the right counterpoint. There's an open-face pork shoulder sandwich with mashed sweet potatoes and gravy, and chicken wings, fried twice so that the skin is like its own especially delicious form of meat that just happens to be the wrapping paper for this other really great kind of meat. The menu also contains, among other things, a chef's board of meats, cheeses, and veggies; flatiron steak; root vegetable stew; lamb meatballs with chimichurri; and orange pound cake, chocolate pot de creme, and "butterscotch bourbon pecan gelato sundae." It was an unusual pleasure to interact with the staff, all of whom seemed to be enjoying themselves—god knows I was.

Sam Worley

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I don't know what I was expecting at Found Kitchen & Social House, but it wasn't a lively, happy crowd, people at every mismatched set of table and chairs, and a 45-minute wait. We ended up eating at the bar, where a friendly, admirably mustached bartender obliged us with a lovely pisco sour with lavender bitters and bourbon-oriented cocktails just as good. You'll find the small plates here genuinely sharable, a good deal for such swank digs, and the staff all seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves—god knows I was. —Sam Worley

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