Creative Loafing's Angela Hansberger takes a first look at The Cockentrice, Kevin Ouzts's new Krog Street Market Restaurant. Hansberger says it's pricey, but worth it to see what the man behind The Spotted Trotter can do in the kitchen:
The Cockentrice will be many diners' first exposure to Ouzts' chef chops - to witness more than his skills as a butcher or the Spotted Trotter's charcutier. Ouzts is making some seriously creative and seriously sophisticated food. To be fair, the whole experience comes at a premium. It's easier for two cocktail-drinking, charcuterie-eating people to rack up more than $100 at the Cockentrice (pre-tip) than it is to explain what a cockentrice is without Googling it first. But if you love food, it's worth it.
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