10.23.2009

Chef Five Bites: Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac

Chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac are probably recovering this morning after a packed opening night at Birch & Barley and ChurchKey. The husband-and-wife team were tapped to helm the kitchen at this new Neighborhood Restaurant Group addition. Bailey is the executive chef, while MacIsaac oversees the sweets (a housemade Hostess cupcake!) and breads (don't miss the pretzel roll). Both chefs were previously at Allen & Delancey in NYC. Prior to that, MacIsaac was pastry chef at Cru. Bailey was at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Cru before that. MacIsaac says they always go "halfsies" when they dine out, eating half of the plate, then switching. "It is the best way for us to analyze and discuss what we are enjoying!" she says.

1. Coconut soup with braised rabbit at The Source

2. Classic new England pizza at Pete's Apizza

3. Burger at Firefly. "So simple, but often the burger is an afterthought. Chef Danny Bortnick's was perfect. So juicy and flavorful!"

4. Cocktails (the "pink lady" I ordered was perfectly prepared) at The Gibson

5. Everything was delicious, but the chef sent out prawns that were truly amazing at Zaytinya

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley

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