Best Obscure Dining Experience

Wine 5 Café



Bet Kenyan cuisine doesn’t come to mind when someone asks you about an ethnic dining experience. Wine 5 Café specializes in the foods from this East African nation—a delicious spin on chicken curry; a steamed white polenta, ugali, which looks like an enormous corn muffin, served with the wine-braised strips of beef called nayama; and the pastry triangles called samosas, which you’ll find impossible to stop eating.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.