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Revival Bar & Kitchen  21021 Shattuck Ave./Addison St.; downtown.  Situated inside a vintage 1901 building, this classy spot serves up dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients.  Chef-owner Amy Murray says, “We butcher our own goats, pigs, quarter-hinds of beef, produce our own charcuterie, sausage and bacon, make our own jams and ketchup and may soon be able to keep bees on our roof to harvest our own honey.”  Perhaps the best way to fully enjoy this varied menu is to share.  Especially tasty options include tender goat meatballs amid chickpeas and mint, flatbread topped with a veritable salad of romanesco broccoli and olives, and a grilled pork chop with roasted fingerling potatoes and baby artichoke hearts.  Desserts—perhaps a Meyer lemon-and-chocolate mousse cake or a rich, rich sticky toffee pudding—and cocktails—maybe a Port au Prince (rum, pineapple, pomegranate) or Silk Road Sour (tea, bourbon, orange, lemon)—are highlights, making this a popular after-theater destination.  The large open dining room has a high ceiling and oversize windows yet exudes a romantic atmosphere with plenty of reclaimed wood, antique mirror panels, and zinc-topped tables.  Banquettes add comfort.  Live music is a complimentary enhancement on Thursday nights from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. 

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