Kid Cashew

No, Kid Cashew isn't a rapper.

That is exactly what my friends and I thought when we first heard the name, at no thanks to Kid Rock on the reason why.  Instead, it's a Mediterranean-cuisine inspired restaurant making a home in the building that's been countless different restaurants, at 1608 East Blvd, across from The MayoBird. For the record, Cashew was a pet goat.

You walk indoors and immediately feel in an old country chic log cabin, with exposed ceiling beams. Low hanging chandeliers and rustic wooden tables with metal chairs. Mismatched dining sets, simple and bright decor with an open view of the kitchen and bar. Behind which you'll see a rotisserie slow roasting pork, chicken and lamb.

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The hummus appetizer literally flew off the plate so no picture is documented here. However I managed to keep my parents from eating their entrees in just enough time to snap a photo.

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Their hand-crafted cocktail menu is small but packs a punch. Their signature is named Breast Milk... which doesn't have breast milk in it so don't worry. It's made with ouzo (a licorice-flavored Greek bitter), amaretto, honey, fresh lemon and mint. Not my cup of tea with the licorice so I opted for the Basil. The other hand-crafted cocktails are named simply by the fresh herbs used. Thyme, Cilantro, Rosemary and Basil.

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Finishing off bunch was either their baklava or freshly made vanilla bean gelato topped with olive oil and sea salt. I sincerely wanted to baklava since it happens to be my favorite pastry, but I was out voted. Their gelato was very smooth but not the type of gelato I'm familiar with from Va Da Vie. Still interesting with the olive oil, worth the trip to taste everything else on the menu! I'll be back for sure.

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