First Look Into Sonny's Hideaway, Opening Soon in Highland Park

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Owner Derek Lyons and chef Jimmy Everett are almost ready to debut Sonny's Hideaway in the former home of HPK in Highland Park. Everett, a veteran of esteemed New York fine-dining destinations Marea, Eleven Madison Park, and wd-50, as well as Hong Kong's Al Molo, will offer a modern, Mediterranean-kissed New American menu with fun, small starters like popcorn soup and falafel fries, and featuring large format entrees priced between $13 and $20, focusing on market-sourced accouterments to sustainable proteins in dishes like coffee-braised pork cheeks served with apple relish local honeycomb, chicken breast in a beer gravy with maple pecans dandelion greens, and a $14 bacon burger with pickled green tomatoes. Dishes are recognizable, though typically paired with inventive partners, marking a refreshing turn away from gimmickry. Meanwhile, J. Kelly O'Hare, of Austin's Eastside Showroom, is heading up the craft cocktail program as bar manager.

The small dining room has a well-tailored look that lends the place a masculine hit of vintage, supper club Americana, resplendent in leather booths and hanging globe lights for a sophisticated, minimalist approach that is a fresh turn from the usual slathering of a space in antiques to endow character. Take a look inside in our slideshow peek into Sonny's Hideaway, opening in early May on York Blvd, and see the full current menu below.

Sonny's Hideaway, 5137 York Blvd. Highland Park; 323-255-2000.

MENU

SMALLER

Popcorn Soup 7
hominy, pickled peppers, culantro

Market Greens 9
tomatoes, hearts of palm, asparagus, capers, and yogurt vinaigrette

Falafel Fries 6
lemon pepper aioli

Grilled Octopus 13
avocado puree, watercress, chiles, radish

Chicken Fried Sweetbreads 14
D'Anjou pear, brussel sprouts, thyme

Coffee Braised Pork Cheeks 12
coconut milk, apple relish, honeycomb

LARGER

Mussels 14
spring onions, smoked grape broth, cilantro, toast

Seabass a la Plancha 19
cauliflower puree, fregola sarda, spring garlic, kiwi

Ricotta Dumplings 13
stewed tomatoes, Swiss chard, parmesan

Roasted Chicken Breast 15
dandelion greens, celery root puree, beer gravy, maple pecans

Bacon Burger 14
pickled green tomatoes, grilled onion, jack cheese, chipotle mayo, fries

Slow Cooked Shortribs 20
bone marrow hash, caramelized onion, braised collards

SIDES

Braised Collards 5
Bacon Brussel Sprouts 5
French Fries 5
Parmesan Asparagus 5
Bone Marrow Hash 5

SWEETER

Spiced Pear Cobbler 7
salty vanilla ice cream, bourbon caramel

Blood Orange Custard 7
dark chocolate sorbet, cocoa soil

Peanut Butter Mousse 7
chocolate, smoked banana, strawberry

Earlier: Marea Veteran Jimmy Everett In The Kitchen at Sonny's Hideaway [GS]

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