Though he was born and raised in Kansas, Chef Soulayphet Schwader grew up on his family’s Laotian cuisine, and spent years traveling through Laos learning the food and culture. He later worked at Marc Forgione’s restaurants and the two have now teamed up on this venture, which in true Forgione style is cozy and informal but still an upscale dining experience. Though we have little to compare Khe-yo to, from the sticky rice you start with to the shareable dishes you move onto, it’s some of the best Southeast Asian we’ve had. Vegetarians beware, the menu is beef and pork heavy.

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