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Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, the second effort from the folks behind Pair, is open for business as of yesterday. Besides getting huge points for the best name ever, the small, well-appointed dining room and lounge suck you in from the moment you enter. Low lighting (as evidenced by the cell phone photos above), plush accents, and a simple menu highlighting--you guessed it--seafood, conspire to keep you ensconced the entire evening. All entrees are under $20, oysters are available a la carte, and they even have housemade potato chips with a feta-based dip ($3.50).
The differently upholstered chairs and booths, the bas-relief walls, the succinct bar, and the creamy, can't-fall-off-of-me bar stools contribute to an air of sophisticated comfort. After great deliberation with the drink menu, I ordered a High Tea, Earl Grey tea-infused gin with lemon. It was sharp and aromatic and oh so easy, but the champagne cocktails intrigued me the most, especially the Air Mail--lime, rum and honey topped with sparkling wine. But it was the high-low brow combination of Jack Daniels, lemon and bitters topped with bubbly that got me. At Frank's, the proportions work like a mini whiskey sour topped with a healthy amount of bubbles. To me, it's like the Frosted Mini-wheats of cocktails, appealing to both sides of my nature. Which is an apropos description of the place itself.
Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor
2614 N.E. 55th Street
Open Tuesday through Saturday
Dining room, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Lounge, 5:00pm to 11:00pm