Provider’s Biscuit Sandwich
What’s in that?
It’s the kind of casual gathering spot that Nora has been wanting for years. The place has been crowded nearly every night since it opened with customers enjoying their fill of the smooth and balanced toffee-rich King Jive English Brown Ale and the fruity, floral Kristofferson American oatmeal pale.
As a rule, suburban strip-mall eateries aren’t known for being innovators in fashion-forward decor or cutting-edge cuisine. Too often, they’re stop-off points to grab a pint or some stick-to-your-ribs grub when you don’t want to drive into the city. Something about the spacious storefront at 11705 Fox Road, nestled as it is among the tree-lined curves of Geist Reservoir and sporting sky-high ceilings and a rustic stone fireplace in the bar, always seemed to require a more substantial establishment, and while a string of eateries have tried to capitalize on the space’s charm, it wasn’t until I entered Michael’s Southshore, the latest tenant, that I felt a destination restaurant had arrived.