Over the weekend, SE Grand's Oso Market + Bar, a hybrid marketplace, bottleshop, and sit-down bar, welcomed a new chef from Brooklyn and unrolled a revamped menu. Chef Steve Lohse spent the previous three years overseeing the kitchen at Brooklyn's Lavender Lake, an awarded bar with a menu of small plates and sandwiches for pairing with wines or cocktails. He's also a former contestant on the Food Network's Chopped.
Owners of Oso, Colin Howard and wife Holly Johnson were already known for serving 20+ wines by the glass and cocktails with pickle-back pairings as well as for selling all of the ingredients for a picnic—from wines to cheeses and olives. Reaching out to Eater by email, Howard says, Lohse "has redesigned the menu to highlight the joy and excitement found in classic Northern Spanish and Southern French cuisine when executed with local ingredients of the Northwest."
To the lunch menu's sardines, salads, and open-face sandwiches, or montaditos, Oso Market + Bar adds the Calamari Salad with fennel, corn, garbanzo, and romesco aioli. New to the dinner menu are the Braised Pork Belly with yellow watermelon, heirloom beans, and sorrel; Roasted Heirloom Carrots with butter glaze, herbs, and dill yogurt; anthe House-Smoked Trout over roe and creme fraiche montadito with house-made potato chips.
See the entire new menu on Oso Market + Bar's website.
Correction (April 15, 2019): Eater removed references to Steve Lohse as a celebrity chef.