Lillo & Ella
This new concept from Roost chef/owner Kevin Naderi reflects the food that the chef likes to eat when he's not working the line. The menu skips along most of east Asia, with Thai-style curries sharing a place with Chinese-inspired bao, Japanese izakaya skewers and Vietnamese touches. The creative cocktail menu features drinks that pair with the food by drawing on beverages popular in Asiatown such as avocado smoothies and Vietnamese iced coffee. Some of the highlights include charred Brussels sprouts in XO sauce, blue crab fried rice, and orange-glazed crispy chicken. An expanded parking lot alleviates some of the crunch from the El Gran Malo days, and the underrated brunch menu draws a neighborhood crowd.