12.20.2011 Tuesdays at Ketchup

Ketchup takes classic American cuisine and catapults the dishes into the modern age: menu inspirations based on childhood favorites; recreated with a gourmet, upscale twist. The Dolce Group takes the traditional American grill: boring and predictable, and reinvents the concept to create Ketchup: youthful, innovative, and fun.

Say goodbye to the tired American grill and steakhouse concept: no more oversized mahogany boots, checkerboard-tiled floors, sepia-toned photographs of yesteryear, boring background music and atmosphere on par with a senior citizen’s buffet in a Midwestern shopping mall. Instead, at Ketchup, patrons step right into the midst of a white-hot party and sink down into a sleek, streamlined, and surprisingly comfortable Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed chair. Tables are strategically placed close enough together to facilitate social interaction but never feel cramped or crowded. Speakers pump sounds of the new. The vibe is sexy, sophisticated and cool.

Although food sometimes takes a backseat to the scene in restaurants such as this, Ketchup’s cuisine is deservedly front and center. The culinary philosophy is simple: using fresh and high-quality seasonal ingredients purchased daily from the farmer’s market to recreate classic American dishes with a modern twist: Barking Dogs: two mini kobe beef hot dogs, smothered in classic kobe chili with melted cheddar and homemade ketchup. The Grand Daddy: the mother of all burgers, topped with Irish Cheddar or English Stilton cheese, heirloom tomatoes, caramelized onions, all on a brioche bun. Shake N Bake: a succulent, crusted chicken breast, served with garlic smashed potatoes and seasonal veggies. Homemade Valhrona Chocolate Chunk Cookies sandwiched over vanilla bean ice cream. The innovative martini menu uses fun mixes such as Kool-Aid, and ‘Lucent’ Absinthe, plus an extensive wine list and service team is on-hand to assist with pairings.

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