Northside Bourbon Bar and Bistro The Littlefield Gets a New Chef and New Menu


Ownership of what started as a bourbon bar with a small menu remains in the hands of a quartet of Northsiders, who initially brought in chef Shoshannah Anderson to create the food offerings.

More recently, the foursome — John Ford, Mike Berry, Matt Distel and Chad Scholten — opened a game room/sports bar called Second Place next door to the Littlefield. And after a few years of Anderson’s cooking in a tiny kitchen, the team decided to create a larger canvas for her food artistry: Last December, they opened Branch in East Walnut Hills, with Anderson as head chef.

But the Northside spot never skipped a beat after Anderson’s departure. They hired Joe Stalf to oversee food service at Second Place and the Littlefield, charging him with creating what eventually became five of his own menus in the ensuing months. Stalf said he crafted menus for brunch at both establishments, evening fare at Second Place and lunch at the Littlefield before finally debuting a dinner menu at the Littlefield in early September.

ince coming on board about a year ago, Stalf has reorganized the kitchen and streamlined its staff, which he said makes it easier to move around in a fairly small space. When I asked him how his cooking differs from Anderson’s, he said that while they share many values, his tastes lean toward combining elements of both Southern and Asian cuisines.

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