Complexity isn’t something that we should scoff at anymore. You’ve had those conversations with people who use elevated language or a higher level of thinking and it just makes you feel like you don’t deserve to talk to them, right?
Sometimes we get the same feeling about a restaurant. That their language isn’t understandable or is intentionally evasive. But what if you could find a restaurant that made you feel like you spoke that elevated language fluently? What if you could gain a higher level of thinking through your taste buds?
Introducing The Craftsman to your palate will do just that. Located in the Longfellow neighborhood on East Lake Street, The Craftsman has what you’d want in any restaurant, a supreme focus on creating finessed dishes using local and artisanal ingredients.
Their menu is rather small (less than 20 food items for dinner at any one time) but it’s intentional to keep the focus on the ingredients. The ones that are in season and work well together. Making the size of the menu irreflective of what this place can actually do.
It’s only open on evenings, other than Sunday brunch, and offers up delicate and hearty flavor combinations like pairing candied lemons with a pan roasted salmon filet or adding seasonally cultivated mushrooms to white corn polenta. We would recommend stopping in for brunch simply for the chef’s choice omelet as it will bring together house cured meats with seasonal vegetables and local artisan cheese.
Being the design nerds we are, we also truly appreciate the aesthetic of the place, which achieves what they say to be the Longfellow neighborhood's trademark bungalows and craftsman-style feel.
It’s local, it’s simple yet elevated, and it is wonderfully tasty. Enjoy.