Located on the quiet end of Hill Street, The Stocking Frame features a small but ambitious cocktail program, a smart beer list, and a food menu that is part well-conceived drunk food and part European-influenced bites that show some real promise. There are pork belly and octopus tacos, or you can go more straightforward with fried oyster tacos, topped with "hot sauce slaw." Grilled figs come with musky duck prosciutto and aged manchego. There's a smoked trout crostini with cream cheese and apple celery salad that will make you genuinely nostalgic for 1970s cocktail parties.
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