100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall

Hot dogs at Lyon Hall restaurant. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Hot dogs at Lyon Hall restaurant. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The most memorable thing on the menu at this French/German-inspired bistro is a hot dog, and trust us—that’s not a backhanded compliment. Fashioned from short ribs and spiced like a great terrine, the frankfurter is slipped into a house-made poppy-seed bun that’s been buttered and griddled. Near perfection. A restaurant that’s willing to go to such lengths with a dish once intended for children is a restaurant that minds the details from start (an excellent bread basket, well-made cocktails, one of the area’s best by-the-glass wine lists) to finish (baked-to-order crullers drizzled with icing). In between are chef Liam LaCivita’s hearty and abundant plates, including a selection of sausages, a juicy, crunchy schnitzel, and short ribs in a rich wine sauce.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: “Colossal” shrimp cocktail; warm Bavarian pretzels; pâté de campagne; chicken-liver mousse; bratwurst.

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