Cork and Cleaver Social Kitchen's Adam Bostwick may not be the type of artist you'd expect to see performing in the Gordon Square Arts District. But since February, the chef has been creating subversive culinary works such as hillbilly pate, bologna fried rice and PB&J chicken wings with Thai peanut sauce and grape mostarda at Graffiti Social Kitchen, his new venture with co-owner and brother-in-law Brian Okin. "My style of cooking is very fun and playful," says Bostwick. "It just goes so well with the crowds of people here." The shepherd's pie ($17) illustrates his creative impulse to reinterpret classic dishes. A shredded braised lamb loaf sits atop a housemade potato pie of parsnip, rutabaga and thyme that takes the place of the traditional mashed potatoes. "It's something you know. But when you see it visually, it's completely different and the textures are different," he says. "I wanted to make a dish that's very nostalgic, but change it up."
1261 W. 76th St., Cleveland, 216-651-6969, graffitisocialkitchen.com