The War on Drugs, Queens of the Stone Age, Band of Horses, Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan, Tame Impala, The Band… This is the music Ben Clore and his childhood friend and chef Tristan Wraight play at their new restaurant, a refurbished old automotive garage on West Main Street. These former filmmakers and musicians have created a restaurant at the core of the successful farm-to-table trend, using local ingredients and elevating them through their fusion cuisine.
Oakhart Social is frankly one of our favorite spots in town and the main reason is not just their rock’n roll vibe, but more the quality and originality of the food, especially the outstanding vegetarian dishes. It is not rocket science to prepare tasty pork belly, as they do so wonderfully, but it is more challenging to create great dishes with vegetables as the main characters. The charred carrots are simply delicious, as are the BBQ oyster mushrooms & grits, as well as the shaved salad.
We encourage you to try anything you’d like from the menu, for instance the fluke crudo or the roasted shrimp, the hanger steak, and open-faced chicken fried octopus sandwich. While they carry a great seasonal menu, in the daily specials you’ll find the chef’s newest creations. There are no starters or mains, everything comes in small portions meant to be sampled and shared, which is the reason for the second part of the restaurant’s name. The oak-fired oven at the heart (hart) of the kitchen, where creative pizzas are baked, lends itself perfectly to first part.
Albee Pedone is in charge of the craft-cocktail program. A super talented and kind Brooklynite bartender that creates rich pours non-stop and takes care of those lucky customers having dinner at the bar. We have been told that there is a crazy slushy cocktail machine that runs in the summer season… We’ll come back to check it out. We wish these guys a bright future in the culinary scene. Cheers!
Phone: (434) 995-5449
Hours: Sun-Thu from 5pm to 12am. Fri-Sat from 5pm to 2am
Text and photo: Edu Bayer