Wolf in Sheep's Clothing pop-up before it moved on. Instead of taking the whole operation to another city (it was discussed), chefs Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga have landed at a permanent home at Mid-City's Palihotel, where their Hart and The Hunter debuts breakfast and lunch tomorrow (Oct. 2), adding dinner on Thursday (Oct. 4). The menu is similar to what the two were doing on Abbot Kinney, just less temporary and more central.
Dunsmoor and Tominaga hail from spots like Joe's and Axe, and they deftly combine that fine-dining sensibility with full-on comfort flavor. For breakfast and lunch, think biscuits and country ham, Handsome coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches. The dinner menu at dinner you'll find a daily selection of snacks like house-made pickles, chicken cracklins with hot pepper vinegar, boiled peanuts; potted things like pimento cheese or ham hock rillettes; and entrees including warm squid and butter beans, fried chicken livers with arugula and apple and onion jam, fried green tomatoes with hangar steak with soft grits, and even good old-fashioned seafood boil.
About the name: Like Wolf, the duo likes to find unique, unforgettable names. Hart and the Hunter is one of Aesop's Fables about a deer (a hart) trying to outrun a hunter in the woods but getting its antlers caught in a tree. The moral: We often despise what we find most useful. We have a feeling we won't despise anything about cracklins and country ham.