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April 1st, 2016

After a 2015 excursion to South Africa, restaurateur Justin Anthony, the mind behind the global hot spots Cape Dutch, 10 Degrees South and Yebo, returned with a new meat-laden concept, Biltong Bar. Extending Anthony’s cadre of South African-inspired eats to Ponce City Market, Biltong Bar is an epic foray into the world of biltong, South African beef jerky, and the first concept of its kind in the United States. But this isn’t your typical watering-hole fare. Cuts of certified Angus beef are air-dried in-house for seven to 10 days and are rubbed with aromatic spices to further enhance the flavor. “[Biltong] allows us the opportunity to draw inspiration from traditional South African cuisine, enhancing the ‘grab-and-go’ experience but with a sit-down component,” says Anthony.

The space, designed by Anthony’s wife, Kelly Wolf-Anthony, is full of global charm steeped in dark woods, marble countertops and bowie knife cutting boards. The menu is a bazaar of unique treats like the go-to biltong, which can be enjoyed with or without fat; savory hand pies, like the ground beef curry bobotie and chicken potpie; and even hand crafed salads. Behind the bar is a serious cocktail program highlighting hefty spirits that pair perfectly with hte meat magic Try the rye-heavy Wicker Man with ginger, honey and 1821 Havana & Hide, or let the force awaken with rum and sherry sipper The Dark Side. South African wines also run the show, with a substantial craft beer list playing second string. “I’m hoping to provide the same unique street market experience to our guests,” says Anthony. So whether you take your fresh-sliced biltong to go or sit down for a one-of-a-kind experience, you can definitely meat us at the bar.

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