The highly anticipated Beholder is open

Beholder – 1844 East 10th Street

Last June Eater named Milktooth chef Jonathan Brooks’ newest venture Beholder among the most anticipated restaurant openings in America. A year later the Woodruff Place restaurant is now open for business. Brooks describes the menu as “more refined than Milktooth with a continued focus on Midwest ingredients.” According to Eater, Beholder is Brooks’ take on a fun night out with delicious food in a sexy and comfortable space.

The 70-seat Beholder, like Milktooth, is housed in a former auto service center. But you may not notice that at first glance with an elevated exterior replacing garage doors with large tinted-windows. Multiple dining spaces are found inside. A main dining room that’s home to the open kitchen, a more secluded section for those 21 and older, and a champagne booth that seats 5 to 7 people. Our favorite, a vintage back-room dining area known as the “Pink Room.”

The Pink Room

Don’t expect large portions. The menu resembles tapas and presents a great option for sharing. Prices range from $10 to $45.

BBQ octopus w/ confit potatoes, baby scallions, tomato-aged balsamic
Pig Skin Pad Thai w/broccoli stem, tofu, peanuts
Squid Boudin – squid ink sausage, carmelized sweet corn
Dry Aged Pork Loin – spring onions pickled in huckleberry juice, walnuts, grilled greens

Brooks teamed up with renowned pastry chef Pete Schmutte (formerly of Cerulean), to head up the dessert program which doesn’t fail to impress. Elegant options include white balsamic posset with blueberries, crispy quinoa and the teff crepe with Earl Grey ganache and chicory ice cream.

White balsamic posset w/ blueberries and crispy quinoa
Teff Crepe – Earl grey ganache, chicory ice cream

There’s still a chance to make an opening week reservation.

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