Tucked among office buildings housing lawyers and doctors and adjacent to the Park Hyatt in the West End is the Blue Duck Tavern. Calling this restaurant a “tavern” is a bit of a misnomer with its high ceilings, natural light and open floor plan. Still, the homespun emphasis comes through in the menu and Americana touches like quilts on the wall and Shaker-style benches (the overall effect is like visiting the sophisticated younger sibling of local organic food hero Restaurant Nora). 

Blue Duck’s vision is to serve seasonal meats and produce prepared with “time honored” methods including smoking, roasting and preserving. The open fire is an influential kitchen element for Blue Duck and a number of items are wood-fired or roasted, including rock fish, diver scallops and steak. The Blue Duck menu, which changes to reflect produce peaks, highlights the point of origin of each item.

We arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation to take advantage of Blue Duck’s spacious and comfortable lounge and we were well-rewarded. (more…)