Sign of the Times
1. A sustainable ethos. The layered Acadian Frappe is served up with a spring of mint—and an American-made Aardvark compostable paper straw.
2. Obsessively curated background music. Co-owner Evan Harrison created five super-specific playlists, including one with French-Caribbean tunes and another heavy on Québec-connected folk rock (think Neil Young).
3. Seamlessly integrated vegan and plant-based options. A meat-free spin on the deep-fried pork-jowl snack oreilles de crises, for example, is made with mixed cultivated and wild mushrooms, maple sugar, and nutritional yeast.
4. A menu that comfortably straddles the high- and low-brow. Why, of course we’ll take a side of chicken-skin gravy poutine with our coq au vin–style rabbit. And will you be sipping Molson or Châteauneuf-du-Pape tonight?
5. Unexpected glassware. To us, these look more like bistro-style water glasses than the long-stemmed vin vessels we’re used to. Hey, all the more room for a generous pour.
6. DIY décor. The seven-person ownership team did all of the interior-design work themselves, transforming the old Hungry Mother space into a moody, boutique-y bistro with a thoughtful assemblage of found artifacts, including some 20 antique lamps restored by local legend Jerry Gordon, of Cambridge’s Fun Antiques.
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