|Garces Trading Company|
Our newest favorite has to be Garces Trading Company. It's a wine, cheese, and charcuterie shop that's also a restaurant, which is about as perfect as it gets in the C&G world. Iron Chef Jose Garces created this very European style eatery, selling his private label olive oils, vinegars, and the best food and wine imports from France, Italy, and Spain. They also make and bottle their own cocktails, with one option being Mr. C&Gs favorite Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and orange oil). It's a wonder we went anywhere else the rest of our vacation.
Garces Trading Company is also a great place to go for dinner with the kids. The selections of cheeses and charcuterie will keep them occupied while you enjoy one of their house sangrias or bottled cocktails. If you're not sure they'll like some of the offerings, they can head over to the cheese and charcuterie counter to try a taste. Keep in mind the olive oil samples are also across from the counter so if your kiddos disappear for a while you'll know where to find them. My little C&Gs had to be pulled away from the bowls of bread as they tried every flavor of olive oil under the Tuscan sun. Pizzas and pastas make up half the dinner menu and almost everything can be made kid friendly.
El Vez, brought to you by the same people as our fave Jones. It's quite the hot spot and if you have to wait for your table they'll take your number and call you. Which means you can be down the street at our favorite gelato place Capogiro studying what you'll get for dessert.
El Vez is dark and very loud, so it's a perfect place for kid friendly dining. The restaurant is on a busy corner, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people watching. They make the most amazing guacamole (tableside if I'm remembering correctly), so you'll have something to keep you busy as you debate which of their delicious margaritas you're going to try first.