2thirty4 Restaurant and Lounge opened its doors three weeks ago at 234 N. 12th Street. It's the site of the former Sydney's Caf and My Koog Bakery.
"We try to use all fresh local ingredients, pretty much everything's from scratch. The only thing we don't do because space is prohibited is, we do not bake our own bread. Pretty much everything besides that is homemade. The salad dressings are homemade," Kelley Basinger said.
Basinger's the owner and head chef at 2thirty4, with more than 14 years of experience in the kitchen. Before opening her own restaurant, Basinger was head chef at Jorge the Crook's in Quincy. But you'll find different flavors in this kitchen.
"At lunch, we have a chicken caprese sandwich. It's grilled chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and farmers market tomatoes, which I use as much as we can from the farmers market," Basinger said.
"My favorite is the burger, actually. It's with the portabella mushroom on top. It's really good," Paisley Davis with 2thirty4 said.
"We have a steak asada. It's kind of like a deconstructed taco," Basinger said.
The vegetarian friendly restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and already, customers have their favorites.
"I got my favorite sandwich here. I eat it every time. It is a BLT with a poached egg and avocado. It just mixes so good," Toni Gerlach said.
You'll probably want to wash that down with one of 2thirty4's homemade sodas, mixed with a variety of in house syrups.
"Kelley does that on her own and makes up her own recipes on those."
The flavors change about once a month. Right now, you can choose from a ginger, coconut lime and red hot candy syrup.
"They also make great martinis," Basinger said.
The chef's favorite is the Tai Martini with the coconut syrup. So take a seat and have a drink.
2thirty4 is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch and dinner.