from the bar

Waterfall Bar & Grille

Diane Boulanger

When you drop by the revamped Waterfall Bar & Grille (it’s no longer just pub grub) in Canton Center, you may see executive chef Shelton Perkins chatting with guests. “I like to get out to all the tables,” he says. “I know no strangers.” Raised in North Carolina, Perkins recently helmed the kitchen of former Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro in Foxborough, and his generosity comes through on the plate. An appetizer of PEI mussels, served with toasted focaccia, features almost three dozen of the pristine bivalves in a lemon and white-wine broth, sporting the meaty richness of chorizo in the sauce. Both Perkins and bar manager Tina Sermos like to pair the dish with a 2013 Menage a Trois Moscato ($8 a glass, $32 a bottle). The beverage pro talks up the California white’s “light and fruity” qualities; the chef enjoys how the stone fruit flavors complement the smokiness of the sausage. At this friendly spot, don’t be a stranger. Waterfall Bar & Grille, 2 Forge Pond, Canton Center, 781-821-2313, www.waterfallbargrille.com