Jesse Cool, the owner of this excellent restaurant, has become a celebrity chef with cookbooks, tours, classes, etc. She is one of the first women chefs to make it in a mostly male world (never mind the female TV chefs).
From the beginning, she emphasized locally sourced food, organic when available, free range meats, and creative combinations. In the last decade, these combinations didn't always work for me although Flea Street was my wife's favorite restaurant for the food, the wholesome sustainable ingredients, the atmosphere, and the variety.
But in recent years, the food quality, while still imaginatively created, has improved, and one always has a good experience here with excellent service (no priggish waiters). One sad consequence is that it has become more and more expensive. Always an a la carte, it is easy to get carried away with lively choices on the menu. It is not an extensive menu, particularly since Cool wants to use fresh local food if possible, but an appetizer here a soup there a glass of wine added, etc. etc., and we usually end up spending about $100 each with tip! Is it worth that much? Probably not, but it is certainly worth paying a lot for the combination of excellence. Skip the alcohol and you will be happier with the price and value.
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