FIRST IMPRESSION Upon arrival on a Friday at 11pm, with only two other tables occupied, the bartender informs us that the bar's name is an acronym for "Food, Art, Mixology and Experience." The art on the walls is switched out periodically, from artists all over the country. Floating above the bar, jars filled with infusing liquors resemble the haunted house props of a mad scientist's lab, the thin sticks of vanilla doubling for pickled spiders and the cucumber in vodka reminiscent of brains. We aren't sure you'll have the experience the team that came up with this concept intended, but you'll definitely have an experience.
DRINKS With drinks priced at $12 and the name itself touting FAME's focus on craft cocktails, we watched in horror as bartenders eyeballed measures haphazardly into drinks. The Sagacious (sage, grapefruit, gin and soda) was weak and diluted with soda, while the Rye Me a Basil Berry (strawberry and basil-infused rye, sweet vermouth and bitters) was harder to place, until we realized that it tasted like moldy fruit.
FOOD Touted on the menu as the work of "internationally recognized Chef Sam DeMarco," we started with the BBQ pork eggroll, which tasted like a reheated frozen appetizer. The yuca fries that followed were bland, dry and starchy, and couldn't be salvaged even with the vast selection of dipping sauces, including a version of barbecue sauce distastefully named "BF Jizz."
SERVICE Kind and well-meaning staff spoke enthusiastically about the concept. The bar hadn't been wiped off so we elbowed up to bits of food and sticky residue previous patrons had left behind.
THE TAB $40 for two drinks and two appetizers.