Cocktails are the focus and prowess of Canon --the name alone says it all: "Whiskey and Bitters Emporium." I don't need repeat the many comments


Canon Has World-Class Cocktails and Damn Good Food, Too

Cocktails are the focus and prowess of Canon--the name alone says it all: "Whiskey and Bitters Emporium." I don't need repeat the many comments that a thousand more experienced drinkers have already said: the drinks are creative, balanced, and come with a side of drinking culture. Unique and antique bottles full of alcohol share wall space with the finest spirits, and both are mixed by the city's (and country)'s best bartenders. What's amazing is that people don't seem to notice the great food. It was not forgotten in the creation of the bar, only overshadowed: it is treated with just enough care to keep it top notch without detracting from the drinks.

The food on Canon's menu is neither overly fussy nor tied to a specific theme, other than tastiness. The pork belly buns, their signature item, is bar food at its most essential: salty, bready, meaty, with just enough apple slaw to cut the strong flavors. For drinkers in need of a bite to soak up the booze and fill their belly, these are a good choice. If you're just dropping in for a light dinner, the spicy copa take on a Cuban sandwich will tide you over. But on a Monday, time slows down at Canon. There's no line, and there's no rush. There is delicate pace to Monday night, and it deserves the delicate miso cod from the Canon menu.

Tiny pieces of gai lan (Chinese broccoli) are strewn around the plate. Either they'd been casually scattered or placed with tiny tweezers in order to look so casually scattered, as everything else seemed too perfectly placed for such disregard. A perfect circle of creamy puree lies like a lake of flavor under the flaky cod with just enough light miso flavor, and savory shimeji mushrooms. The dish came together like something you'd get at a much more food-focused restaurant, and probably at twice the price. While not quite large enough to be typical entrée size, with just a $12 price tag had us seriously considering a second round of dinner.

It is hard to fathom that a place where the cocktails are more expensive than the dinner menu would have food that you not only want to order, but would make it destination-worthy. While I don't propose waiting in a Friday-night line just to get a plate, on a Monday, when Canon is calm, you could do a heck of a lot worse.

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