I've been sad to watch the decline of 126 over the past couple of years (change in chefs, lack of attention to presentation, some truly mediocre dishes), though I still love their lunch menu (especially the amazing salads, especially the Nicoise, which I get with seared tuna instead of the salmon). But when the management opened The Hearth, a kind of tapas bistro, upstairs, my spirits rose. There's a very European feel to the intimate space with the open flatbread oven behind the bar and the charming tables by the windows overlooking downtown. The flatbreads are excellent (especially the Mediterranean), and I usually just get several small plates with a flatbread to share among friends: the menu has changed recently, but they usually have reliably fresh mussels, authentic Belgian pommes frites, and a smoked cod brandade well worth trying. Nice wine specials, with some half-price wine nights.
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