Any James Beard-nominated chef spends a lot of time in the kitchen. So when Edwins restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski makes time to go out, it's family time. "It’s typically Sunday with the kids," he says. "We’re not hitting up fine dining.” Here’s where you might find the Chrostowski crew.
Asian: "Siam Cafe in AsiaTown is a husband-wife team. As long as we’ve been going, they’ve had the same staff. There’s a settling effect when everyone there knows you. The kids go in the kitchen. We talk shop. It’s great food — just authentic."
Neighbors: "Scott Kim and his wife, Brenda, at Sasa in Shaker Square have watched our kids grow. They love getting these traditional Eastern sodas. It’s super simple."
Beer Stop: "I’m not a big drinker, but if I’m grabbing a beer, it’s probably Skeets Bar on Union and 93rd Street. I’m typically hanging out with my wife's cousins."
Cheap Eats: "Cajun Joe’s on Buckeye Road will blow your mind. He’s Lebanese, so he puts a Middle Eastern touch on fried foods with cinnamon, coriander and other spices. He makes his own rice and lemonade and pickles his own vegetables."
Chef who Inspires Him: "As a restaurateur, I don’t want to eat food on that fine-dining level unless I can just relax and be blown away. Dante Boccuzzi, when he’s in the kitchen, is the one guy in town who I know can deliver."