Gwen, the meaty, wood-fired spectacle from world-renowned chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke, takes on a very different tone by day. Tantalizing pastries line the counter near a St. ALi coffee bar, and an in-house butcher shop sells prized meats from purveyors like Five Dot Ranch (beef), Peads and Barnett’s (pork) and Old World Rabbitry (self-explanatory). The butcher shop also produces charcuterie and sausages that factor into daytime sandwiches.
During my visit, Gwen sold a tower of sandwiches, perched on a tray. Each sandwich comes on house-baked stecca, a crusty bread similar to focaccia that incorporates extra virgin olive oil and flakes of sea salt. I was particularly enamored with their sandwich with quarter-sized cuts of fat-pocked chorizo cotto, crunchy watercress, and creamy burrata folded with basil oil. These sandwiches are at the butcher’s discretion, meaning you might find a different configuration, but regardless of fillings, you can no doubt trust the sandwich process.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.