50 Best Restaurants 2018: B Side

A modern American restaurant in Fairfax

B Side
Photo by Rey Lopez

Do you like beer?” the server half-asked, half-presumed as he dropped a hazy IPA on the table. An extra pint was poured by accident, and our almost-empty beer needed a friend. B Side is the type of place that feels instantly familiar, the friendly side of cool. It’s always dark, it’s always crowded. And the food is always meaty. With a butcher shop on the other side of the bar (Mosaic District’s Red Apron), the menu plays up its strengths: beef carpaccio where each delicate slice, topped with salted grated egg, dissipates on the tongue; bits of crispy pastrami are the hidden golden nuggets in a messy plate of fried potatoes, cheese whiz and sauerkraut; and a burger can’t rest on its grind alone, here pulled pork sits atop with a smoky barbecue sauce and American cheese. It’s gourmet bar food at its finest.

Modern American | $
8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax

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