100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall

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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