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French Eatery and Bar Le Garage Opens Friday in Hampden

On the heels of the

that Café Cito will open in Hampden in a couple weeks comes news of yet another food stop in the neighborhood that's sneakily becoming one of the top destinations for grub in the city—and this one is opening even sooner: Friday,

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will open its doors and serve up dinner with both classic and peasant French dishes, tartines, and Belgian-style frites with over 18 various dipping sauces; the latter of which will also be available from a connected to-go shop on 36th St.—prime eats for avenue strolling. The 60-seat restaurant and 18-seat bar will be located at 911 W. 36th St., the former home of Dogwood, with a kitchen led by former Maggie's Farm sous chef and 13.5% executive chef Sarah Acconcia. The beverage program will be handled by former Wine Market Bistro beer buyer Brendan Kirlin (whose beer selection we've always found to be solid). Beers will be poured from a new 14-tap system and focus mainly on Belgian, French, and local options, while the wine list will consist entirely of French varieties. Acconcia explained in a press release that they "wanted to create a place with approachable, French food that our friends would crave and could afford. This is creative, friendly, hard-working fare, a side to French dining that many people have never experienced." That fare will range in prices from $16 to $23 for entrées with two-person dishes for sharing and specialty items coming in a bit higher. The dipping sauces include walnut romesco, sweet pea and ginger, and butternut squash and tahini, to name a few—a perfect snack for bar-goers, as Kirlin explains, "nothing goes with frites like beer."  We can't disagree with that.

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