First & Hope

At this downtown supper club, hostesses wear floor-length gowns, jazz singers belt out sultry tunes, and the glasses are full of bubbly and brandy. Chef Shelly Cooper’s Memphis roots show on the menu, which is big and rich. If there’s one must-have, it’s the Moonshine Meatloaf made with foie gras and wrapped in—what else?—bacon. Praise the Lard is a trio of bourbon-braised pork cheeks, crispy pig’s ears, and pork belly on creamy grits. Beer-Can Chicken arrives on the can, and a fun sampling of macaroni and cheese dishes comes as a “flight” with such cheese board staples as nuts and honey. Vets of the Edison and Seven Grand designed the retro cocktails, which is to say, don’t skip them. Not all the libations on the menu were actually in stock, however. We hope that changes soon. » 710 W. 1st St. (213-617-8555 or L-D daily. Full bar. New American   $$$


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