Chef Brian Dunsmoor’s Hatchet Hall joined the strip of West Washington near A Frame in 2015, taking over the large space formerly occupied by Waterloo & City. The space has largely been transformed—there’s an outdoor patio in the front that leads into the restaurant, which begins as airy and light, and becomes darker (in a handsome, cozy way) as you continue deeper into its rooms. The back of the restaurant houses a second, separate bar deemed Old Man’s Bar—it looks as brooding as you’d expect, but it’s also beautiful, and it serves up noteworthy serious cocktails from 8pm to 2am. In addition to the restaurant’s cool ambience and the charm of the speak-easy-like Old Man’s Bar, there’s Chef Dunsmoor’s modern and fresh Southern-inspired food, which is equally pleasing. The menu rotates but you can expect dishes like yellowtail tartare with lemon aioli, grilled flat breads, roasted game hen, brilliant grilled veggie sides, and of course oysters—there’s an oyster happy hour daily, 5:30 to 6:30pm. Also worth noting: Hatchet Hall serves Sunday brunch.

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