Pub food including the house apple rum burger. Other worthy fare includes a sockeye BLT and desserts by Honey Bee Bakery and Liz Chapa. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, local sourcing, rotating craft beer selection. $5-$14.
It was a lovely spring evening. As we were sitting at a back table, nursing a beer and looking out the open front door of Alchemy, a companion -- who lives in Nakoma -- said, "This is really nice. People walking their dogs, pushing baby strollers, all kinds of people -- it's really a neighborhood." And that about sums up the magic of Alchemy, of Schenk's Corner, of the Atwood neighborhood.
If medieval alchemy was the fruitless pursuit of turning lead into gold, maybe the quest in postmodern alchemy should be something more realistic. Something, for example, like turning a grilled cheese sandwich into something gourmet.