Bad Hunter

Gin Popsicles and Bacon-Topped Veggie Burgers on Randolph Row

The Pub Royale Team’s New Veggie-Centric Restaurant Is Called Bad Hunter

By Sam Eichner
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Bad Hunter, the inventive new veggie-focused neighborhood joint from the Pub Royale people, opened Wednesday night on Randolph Row. It was eventful. There was mirth. There were gin popsicles.

This is what that looked like.

And this, more or less, is what happened...

Guests arrived to find a warm, garden-like atmosphere. A tan leather banquette lined one wall; the other side contained a bar, the top of which had been covered, mosaic-style, with flat river stones. An orange glow beckoned from the kitchen’s hearth.

Those amongst friends made for the banquette, where they discovered both a standard menu and a market-based menu, which is curated weekly. Someone ordered the butter-and-mushroom dumplings. Someone else requested the double-patty veggie burger with bacon.

“All veggie burgers should be so ironic,” that someone remarked.


Those on casual dates sidled up to the island seating wrapped around a plant trough. They split the beet tartare, enriched with crème fraîche and anchovy, as well as the harissa lamb chops.

“I bet this place would be great for lunch,” one of them said.

“Good thing they’ll be doing that later this month,” the other replied.


Finally, those looking for a late-night drink hit the bar for margarita-like carrot coolers and smoky vermouth-and-rum libations.

Of particular note: they did not pass up those fruity gin popsicles.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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