With a grand opening scheduled for this Sunday, Whistling Duck Tavern has opened at The HUB complex in Hillcrest, where its University Avenue space features a large 1,200-square-foot patio. Putting an Asian street food spin on upscale bar food is executive chef/owner Charles Sun, who was part of the original team that launched Shanghai Saloon on Convoy.
Here, his menu ranges from homemade Korean beef jerky to teriyaki duck-topped nachos, steamed buns, dumplings and risotto with Chinese sausage. A focal point are house made noodles, which feature in classic Chinese preparations including dan dan noodles with spicy ground pork and Szechuan chili bean sauce to a noodle soup with braised beef shank. There’s even a Shanghai twist on Mexican menudo.
Whistling Duck Tavern is doing a dual happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, offering all of its over 20 taps of craft beer for $5.