Executive chef Kevin Gillespie draws the crowds, but Woodfire’s ace service staff works tirelessly to ensure that the Woodfire experience surpasses expectations. Co-owner Nicholas Quinones presides over the city’s most egalitarian wine list, an eight-page document unusually balanced in its mix of recognized pleasures, obscurities, splurges, bargains, and Old and New World varietals. Bonus points for the sharp selection of whites and reds by the half bottle.
Drink This: 1993 Zilliken Spätlese Forstmeister Geltz Saarburger Rausch, a splurge-worthy Riesling3 that delivers flinty, limey nuances and harmonizes with the Mediterranean-meets-the-South flavors in Gillespie’s five-course tasting menu: $100.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, woodfiregrill.com
This listing originally appeared in our June 2012 issue.