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Atlanta Hound Visiting, Looking for Solo Options and Thoughts on my Current List

Ah good to hear from a former ATL-er. Will DEFINITELY try Cancun Taqueria... although I do love Taqueria del Sol and El Taco in Atlanta, it's probably pretty different from Bay Area Mexican.

Atlanta is quickly becoming the burger capital of the world... with so many good ones to choose from, I'd be looking for a change down here anyway! Thanks!

Apr 01, 2013
joond1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Atlanta Hound Visiting, Looking for Solo Options and Thoughts on my Current List

Yes, staying in SF on 3rd and Howard. Don't think I'll be able to find my way to Oakland, even though I do know it's not that far of a trip... just probably going to stay pretty close to downtown SF if I'm honest with how far I want to go.

Apr 01, 2013
joond1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Atlanta Hound Visiting, Looking for Solo Options and Thoughts on my Current List

I heard Salt, but after looking around I'm guessing my friend meant Salt House. Thanks for the clarification.

Apr 01, 2013
joond1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Atlanta Hound Visiting, Looking for Solo Options and Thoughts on my Current List

Thanks wolfe and Ruth... that thread will be really helpful!

Apr 01, 2013
joond1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Atlanta Hound Visiting, Looking for Solo Options and Thoughts on my Current List

Hey Fellow Hounds,

Visiting your city a few times over the next couple months on business, and looking for some places to dine solo when I'm not with my team. I'm looking for a good mix of restaurants... some with a "scene," others where I can just sit down and relax with a good drink and good food. I usually prefer to dine at the bar, but I guess I wouldn't be against a table for 1.

Here's a current list of recs I got from family and friends. Any additions you guys have? Anything on here that I can skip? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Salt
Nopa
Wayfare Tavern
Tadich Grill
Chez Panisse
Boulevard
Swans Oyster Bar
Chapeau
Zuni Cafe
Delfina's

Thanks for the ideas. These boards have been so helpful as I've traveled to other cities, and I always try to report back with where I went and how it was. It's the least I can do for all the recommendations!

Mar 31, 2013
joond1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Solo Dining... staying in Gaslamp but have a car

Report #2:

Visited Cafe Chloe on my own the other night and I'm pleased to say I have a story of TOP-NOTCH service and food.

Very quiet and quaint... not the place to go if you're looking for bar action, but perfect if you just want to relax. I wanted to order the seared albacore dish on the menu, but I have an allergy to nuts and the bed of eggplants it was served on contained nuts. I am NEVER difficult about my allergy and, growing up when nut allergies were unheard of, I'm pretty used to working my dining experiences around it and not forcing restaurants to bend over backwards for me. But the bartender was SO kind and said since I wanted the seared tuna, she'd tell the chef to come up with an off-menu dish for me that incorporated it. Despite my protests, the chef came out with a DELICIOUS plate he had concocted in the back.

I was served seared albacore over a corn and squash puree, with peppers and cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, and a light tomato sauce. He finished off the dish with a few lightly fried calamari on top. It was great. I cleaned the plate and promptly told chef to add it to the menu tomorrow haha! It is so nice to see unpretentious and customer-first service like that. I'm grateful to Cafe Chloe for providing a nice dining experience that evening.

Last night my colleague was in town and we hit Searsucker for an early pre-ballgame dinner. While I didn't experience it during peak hours (when I imagine it can get pretty loud), I feel like I got the general idea. We ordered a bunch of small plates and 2 mains... shared everything. Shishito peppers were great to munch on but doused in soy sauce, bone marrow was ok, pork belly topped with a poached egg was mediocre (the egg and hollandaise sauce completely overpowered the pork), and the winner was the crabcake. Loved how it had no bread and was straight crab... very good. Main courses were hanger steak and tilapia, which were both fine.

I get how this can be a power dinner spot and a place to see-and-be-seen. The ambiance is very hip, and the food is good enough that it will please most diners. Like I said, I liked my food, but even being here for just a few weeks, I think there seem to be MUCH better options in town. Just my opinion, of course... it could have been too early or simply an off-night. Have you SD Hounds had similar experiences?

Aug 29, 2012
joond1 in San Diego

Solo Dining... staying in Gaslamp but have a car

Promised I'd report back:

Went to Dobson's and sat at the bar last Wednesday night. While there's tons to explore here, I was just looking for an easy place I could walk to from the hotel.

Wasn't planning on having the bisque since I wasn't too hungry (sorry Beach Chick), BUT the terrific bartender Alex convinced me. They made me a small order and it was delicious. The sherry they pour in after breaking the puff pastry is like icing on the cake. Not exactly a summer dish, but it was well worth it. I had a nice salad to round things off.

I spent the rest of the night trading stories (and drinks) with Alex and learning more about the restaurant... you're truly lucky to have a cozy place with so much history like this right in town. As a former New Jerseyan and current Atlantan, I often miss the old-time family-owned Jersey Italian restaurants you can pop into at any time, where the bartenders and servers know you by name (and know your father and grandfather's names, too), with exquisite oak bars and fantastic homey food. While the dining scene in Atlanta is great right now, everything is so new and shiny that the welcoming feel is just not there yet in most places. I will most certainly visit Dobson's one last time before my project here is over.

Aug 27, 2012
joond1 in San Diego

Solo Dining... staying in Gaslamp but have a car

Thanks everyone for all the rec's so far... Beach Chick: the mussel bisque at Dobson's was on my list of must-haves; glad to get affirmation on that.

Loghia: I find it VERY unlikely that anything could beat my omakase experience at Ota a few weeks ago, but as a sushi lover, I am up for trying that challenge.

My plan is to venture out over the next few weeks and I'll most definitely report back! Chloe sounds like a great option. Top of the Market also looks great. How does Point Loma compare to Blue Water, where I went last night? And, as a NJ transplant who loves my thin crust pizza, I gotta try Basic.

Aug 22, 2012
joond1 in San Diego

Solo Dining... staying in Gaslamp but have a car

Hi Hounds,

Been in town for a few weeks on business and have had some really solid meals with colleagues - Sushi Ota (fantastic), Blue Water Seafood (long wait but very fresh), Prep Kitchen (call me crazy, but it was just "ok"), and a surprisingly good meal at Grant Grill. I'll be on my own for a few nights coming up and was wondering where my fellow Hounds thought I should dine solo (somewhere I can eat at the bar, maybe with some good bartenders and a not-too-stuffy atmosphere).

I'm staying at US Grant in the Gaslamp but have my rental car, so I'm pretty free to go places. I ate solo at the bar at George's in La Jolla and thought the experience was nice. Anywhere a bit closer I should definitely go? Maybe something walking distance from the hotel? Dobson's was on my short list... how's the atmosphere there? I've also been told to try Hodad's and Phil's BBQ.

I welcome any suggestions, and will of course report back with my thoughts!

Aug 22, 2012
joond1 in San Diego

midtown awesome

2 ideas for weekday breakfast (1 walking, 1 close but requires a drive)

Walk: Park75, the restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel down the street, is great. I have done weekday breakfast meetings there before. You have to get over eating in a hotel, but it really is a great hotel restaurant.

Drive: West Egg. It's a straight shot west on 14th street (7-minute drive). REALLY, REALLY good, and they open at 7am for breakfast every day. Southern Living Mag called it one of the best breakfasts in the whole state of GA, and it's consistently rated one of the best breakfasts in the city. I highly recommend it.

Good luck, and enjoy your weekend in Atlanta! If you can, report back and let us know what you decided (and how it was).

Aug 21, 2012
joond1 in Atlanta

midtown awesome

You'll be in a good spot for the weekend. I work where you'll be calling home base (literally, right next door) and live close by, as well, and the options are great.

Agreed with the posts about Eugene and Bacchanalia, although they are not walking distance. They are, though, two of the top restaurants in the city.

Empire State South, as mentioned, is also fantastic, but to give you another option along the lines of "new southern cuisine", JCT Kitchen is always a good choice... Lunch and Dinner are both great here. The Angry Mussels with bacon and serranos are out of control. Damn good fried chicken too, although they do tend to run out quickly. It is NOT walking distance, but here's an interesting idea: It is next door to Bacchanalia, and there is a bar on the top floor. If you are going to Bacch., and wanted to head to JCT for pre- or after-dinner drinks, it's usually a good scene.

More good southern food within walking distance would be South City Kitchen. They've been around for a while and have the fancy southern thing down. HOWEVER, I think I'd pick Empire over it for dinner. I can tell you I've had MANY business lunches there, though, and it's PERFECT for that.

The Midtown location of Highland Bakery is right near your corner. It's not like the original (some on these boards will tell you the original isn't even that special), and I wouldn't suggest it if you're bringing other people, but I think it's still a pretty darn good breakfast, especially if you're on your own.

If you want to bring your colleagues to brunch, I always suggest Murphy's in Virginia-Highland. I think it's one of the best brunches in Atlanta, the atmosphere is great, the service is top-notch, it's not as far as Local 3, and the neighborhood is the most walkable in the city (you'd still have to cab it from your hotel). I'm frankly surprised it's not mentioned here more often when people ask for a quintessential Atlanta dining spot...

Aug 21, 2012
joond1 in Atlanta

Atlanta Chowhound looking to snag dinner before a redeye home

Hi fellow Chowhounds-

I'm in town on business and have the unfortunate luck of taking a redeye back to Atlanta tonight. I'm looking for recommendations on quick, easy, delicious places to eat near the airport, or on the way from Torrey Pines area to the airport, before I catch my flight tonight.

I'll be by myself and will still have my rental car, so this would ideally be a place where I can find easy parking, walk right in, sit at the bar, and have some great food. Obviously not looking for a dining "experience," as I'll have to be outta there and on my way to the airport. Also, looking to catch some zz's on the trip, so a huge 3-course meal might not bode too well.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Jul 27, 2012
joond1 in San Diego

Visiting Atlanta Hound looking for options near NW San Antonio, La Cantera, RIM

Just an update for those of you who have posted... many thanks, as always, for the suggestions.

My team and I went to El Mirasol for dinner last week, and enjoyed it a lot. While I'm sure you all would know better than I do, the food seemed authentic and tasted great. My fajitas were solid, although some other team members weren't too keen on the creamy white sauce that came with their enchiladas. I didn't try it, so I can't comment. Overall super friendly service, good food, good outdoor dining.

We also stopped by Flying Saucer for dinner... didn't know that Wednesdays are so crazy there with the beer mug giveaways, so we ended up waiting a LONG time. Even after we finally found a table on our own, we waited LONGER for a waitress. She then proceeded to mess up our order, so we waited MORE. In the end, the food was fine (not great)... just seems like much more of a place for the beer and the outdoor seating. That being said, the beer list was pretty darn good and the outdoor area there is great, so that certainly satisfied us.

I believe the Pearl Brewery Complex is on tap for this week, as well as potentially Dough. I know we'll be making a trek to the downtown area on Tuesday. I will report back with any notable meals... as always, the more suggestions, the merrier!

Jun 11, 2012
joond1 in Texas

Visiting Atlanta Hound looking for options near NW San Antonio, La Cantera, RIM

Thank you all for your replies thus far. I'll be in SA with my team all summer, and will be sure to report back on any places of note we may visit; I always try to come back with reviews on these boards because you all take the time to post.

To start, we did go to Perry's for dinner at La Cantera the other night. Not necessarily one of my top steakhouse experiences, but it WAS a pretty darn good. My seared tuna was flavorful and cooked well, but the highlight had to have been my coworker's porkchop that they carved tableside. In terms of taste, I only had a small piece that was pretty delicious, but at least it was a winner in terms of presentation. What have been your experiences at Perry's? Are there better steakhouses we should absolutely go to?

May 27, 2012
joond1 in Texas

Visiting Atlanta Hound looking for options near NW San Antonio, La Cantera, RIM

Thanks saeyedoc! Really helpful. I had read about Sustenio and heard good things. Is it new? I ask because info is limited... Anyone have some thoughts or experiences to share?

Also have heard good things about Dough, which is on the list. I'll also have to try Cielito Lindo.

May 16, 2012
joond1 in Texas

Visiting Atlanta Hound looking for options near NW San Antonio, La Cantera, RIM

Hi There,

Atlanta Hound looking for some guidance... I'll be in San Antonio on business for practically the whole summer, M-Th. Unfortunately, I'm staying a bit far from downtown, near La Cantera and the RIM. Is there ANYTHING worthwhile nearby? My team and I have done some exploring and it seems the best we've found is Rudy's BBQ in Leon Springs, a good ways out. Would love pointers for some good dinner places to call our own for a few months.

ALSO, while it is tough for us to get downtown often, I'll take any suggestions you guys have for young professional 20-somethings... all great restaurant and bar recommendations are welcome.

Thanks in advance!

May 15, 2012
joond1 in Texas

Park 75 chef's table?

Absolutely. Did it about a year ago for an anniversary gift with my girlfriend at the time. It was a fantastic experience. The service is top-notch, from the moment you make the reservation. In the days leading up, they contact you for suggestions on what you would definitely like to see and NOT like to see on the menu. You sit right in the action, and everyone caters to you. Certainly an experience. Oh, the food ain't too shabby, either.

While I haven't done it in a group like Hairlcon, I can vouch that it's a great "special evening" option for 2.

May 15, 2012
joond1 in Atlanta

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

honestly don't remember the name... the tour was so fast-paced. It was in the Marais, on one of the small islands, if I remember correctly.

Mar 22, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Thanks Parigi... I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel with my family quite a bit throughout my life, and a bit more with friends in college, so I've been spoiled with great experiences (and great food). The allergies, frankly, force me to take initiative wherever I go and really be involved in dining choices, but I felt I just couldn't go wrong in Paris!

Mar 21, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Ah! I forgot! Truffles were in season, so my dad had a truffle salad appetizer and my mom had Foie and truffles. It WAS sublime! Can't believe I left that out...

Mar 21, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Well, I promised I'd come back with reviews... as someone who peruses these boards a lot and uses the rec's, I think it's important to report back. Thanks to all of you for your help and your opinions. So, here we go:

Goumard: our first night in Paris. My Dad chose this one, mostly because he wanted fish and heard it was good. We went early and were the first people in the restaurant. I had a flaky white fish (honestly, it was a few weeks ago and I don't remember what fish it was. Apologies...) on a bed of peppers and onions. The fish was good (not great), veggies provided nice taste and textural difference to the crispy fish skin, but honestly the proportion of fish to veggies was off. By the time I finished my fish, I was still left with a plate-full of squishy, soft, caramelized peppers and onions with nothing to cut through the mushy texture, which wasn't so appetizing. Brother had a steak, which was fine. Parents shared the cold seafood platter, which was the highlight. Shrimp, langostine, crab, oysters, and clams. Everything was very good. Honestly, though, for the price, I'm sure there was a better restaurant. While the platter was delicious, it wasn't anything you couldn't get at a steakhouse or fish place in the states.

Josephine Chez Dumonet: Now to my choices (thanks to the boards) haha. Wow. This was a pretty fantastic meal. Complete 180-degree change in décor and feel compared to Goumard, homely and friendly instead of big and corporate. We weren’t placed next to the bathroom in the back, as I’ve heard some foreigners tend to be. The service could not have been kinder. I had the fried shrimp appetizer (deliciously crisp) and the duck confit. The duck meat absolutely fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. I don’t often eat duck, mostly because I’m a steak and fish guy when eating out, but this was a ridiculously good experience. If ANY chef in my hometown of Atlanta could pull this off, I’d be at their restaurant every week. Beyond the duck, the potatoes (cooked in duck fat) were out of control. Simple preparation with sprinkled sea salt, and everyone at the table was trying to get at them. I could’ve eaten a tub of them. My mom had steak tartare, prepared tableside. It was, honestly, a bit heavy on the mustard, but the quality of meat was undeniable. My dad had sea bass which looked perfectly cooked, although I did not try it. My brother enjoyed his beef bourguinon. The servings were HUGE and dessert was a struggle, but we agreed we had to try. I had raspberry crème brulee which was delicious, but admittedly not a very adventurous choice. My brother had millefeuille which was literally the size of a large brick, but he gave a thumbs up. Dad had the Grand Marnier soufflé and did say it tasted almost too “egg-y”, and had a stronger egg flavor than any other soufflé he’d had. I did not try it, but can say that our entire table did smell a bit of cooked egg… All in all, I have to say I think my dish was an absolute winner. That duck might have been one of the top dishes I’ve ever had.

Paris Gourmet Tour in the Marais: Let me first preface by saying that it was 35 degrees F (about 2 degrees C) and raining, so walking around was pretty miserable. The tour was also a combination of tasting food and some history mixed in… our guide was not with a “food tour” company, per se, but simply was a Paris tour guide who really enjoys food. She received no kick-backs from any place we visited and just took us to her favorite spots. In the end, my mother actually ended up not feeling well and my brother was already sick, so our tour wasn’t everything it could have been. Regardless, here are some highlights:
Market on Rue St. Germain- we went to a corner market here to start our tour with artisan cheese, pastries, and meat. From what we were told, a lot of the market has been commercialized but the booths we went to had a decorated cheese artisan and baker, as well as some award-winning sausages
Olive oil and vinegar tasting- the local shop we were supposed to go to was closed, but our #2 option was still delicious
Crepes: both savory and sweet. I don’t remember the name of the shop, but apparently they were known for using whole wheat crepes, providing a nice salty/sweet contrast when paired with sweet fillings. I’ll admit, though, nothing TOO special here…
La Cafeotheque- Our guide was pretty set in her belief that Paris coffee is generally pretty bad, although she swore by this place. I must say, the coffee was delicious. A very “hipster” vibe here.

Dominique Bouchet: Our last night in Paris and we certainly picked well. I’m glad we decided not to splurge for a 3-star feast, as my brother was under the weather and my Mom was still not feeling well and had to skip. My brother and dad shared a crispy shrimp appetizer (much like the one I had at Chez Dumonet), and I had an AMAZING scallop carpaccio, complete with tiny little cubes of beet, fresh mango, and dill. The unbelievably fresh taste of the scallops was only surpassed by the sensation of it literally melting away before you could chew. It was sliced that thin. A fantastic dish. For main courses, my brother had a filet of beef that also met expectations (you’ll notice that’s 3 nights of red meat in a row. He took a break after Paris haha)… the beef in Europe, I find, tastes markedly different from the beef in the US. Not better or worse, by any means, but it’s always cool to taste different notes in a filet mignon dish, which we’ve had numerous times around the world. My Dad had a lobster pasta dish… 3 large noodles stuffed with lobster in a cream sauce. I did not get a chance to try, but it smelled and looked great. Lastly, I had the “7-hour lamb you eat with a spoon” (directly translated), cooked low and slow with cocoa and wine. It’s true, I could’ve used a spoon. Tender, delicious flavor, and VERY rich. It came with beautifully fluffy potato puree. Dessert was light for me, with housemade sorbets. My dad had millefeuille, and my brother, I believe, had an apple tart. All delicious… everything in this meal tasted so FRESH, from the slight gamey taste to the beef to the rich but delicate lobster cream sauce to the in-your-face flavor of the lamb to the well-prepared desserts.

So, I’d say for three nights we were pretty successful. Goumard is not a must-visit (but you probably knew that already), but for a fantastic bistro I don’t know if we could’ve done much better than the food/service combo at Chez Dumonet. Our Michelin experience was also top-notch at Dominique Bouchet. One last note, for those with food allergies: I suffer from a sever allergy to nuts AND peanuts. I was pleased to find that, once I knew exactly how to explain this in French, each restaurant we went to took it VERY seriously and seemed to understand exactly what they needed to help me with in terms of meal choices. I’ve found that in my other world travels, restaurants tend not to “get” the issue as much as they would in the US. I think a lot has to do with culture in the USA and the fact that everyone is quite scared of being sued if something goes wrong, but nonetheless it was nice that I experienced this.

Mar 21, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

I believe we're doing it through a company called "Well-Arranged Travel"...

Mar 04, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Thank you all for the good conversation on this thread! I always make it a point to update these, since you all take the time to give your suggestions. My family arrived in Paris this morning and we've got our schedule...

Sunday: Goumard
Monday: Josephine - Chez Dumonet
Tuesday: Private gourmet walking tour during the day, then Dominique Bouchet for dinner

Sadly, we'll be off to Switzerland after Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday dinners are still changeable... so last-second thoughts on either restaurant are always appreciated. Either way, I'll be sure to post back here with my thoughts on our meals!

Mar 04, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Feb 29, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

@Cheesemonger I think it's definitely Le Grand Venise... on Rue Convention. Any thoughts from the group would be appreciated.

Feb 29, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

@Parigi- thanks for your list... will begin the process of searching for each restaurant after work, but my thinking is that just looking through the boards here (as it is in the other boards) will give me better suggestions than these

@mangeur- yeah, no kidding. The hotel is nice, but I still wouldn't expect great recs... hence, why I turned to all of you!

@souvenir- it's more just that I'm a foodie through and through, and would be willing to try amazing food at 2 and 3-stars (and small bistros, for that matter) for the experience. My brother is not adventurous, and prefers to stick to the basics. My mother has an even more adventurous palette than I do, and even has more leeway as she doesn't have the food allergies (nuts and peanuts) I'm unfortunately stricken with. Lastly, my father cares more for big plates with big flavor (fan of steaks, basic meat & fish, pastas) and less about the pomp and presentation... for example, he'd pick a porterhouse or swordfish steak over a deconstructed fancy molecular gastronomy dish any day haha! In fact, he said a friend mentioned Le Grand Venise to him for this trip... anyone know anything? Not much luck with search.

Feb 29, 2012
joond1 in France

Vetting Paris concierge recs with the CHOW community...

Hey there! Atlanta Chowhound here taking a family trip to Paris next week. The concierge at our hotel gave some restaurant rec's, but thought I'd run them by the boards. I'm a foodie through and through, but will have to be cognizant of the fact that we've got four very different tastes in the family. Basically, we're just looking for FANTASTIC food (one night definitely looking for a 2 or 3-star, too). So, what do you guys think? Any of these worthwhile (SUCH a long list!)?:

Chez André
L'Ardoise
L'Avenue
L'Atelier de Maitre Albert
Goumard
Philippe & Jean-Pierre
Charbon Rouge
Le Christine
Antoine
L'Auberge Bressanne
Le Petit Marius
Benoît
Au Bon Accueil
Les Bouquinistes
Café Marly
La Cigale Récamier
Le Clos des Gourmets
D'Chez Eux
Le Dome
Drouant
Les Fables de la Fontaine
La Fermette Marbeuf
Le Florimond
La Fontaine de Mars
Gaya
Chez Georges
Georges (Pompidou Centre)
Le Grand Colbert
Itinéraires
Josephine - Chez Dumonet
Kong
Aux Lyonnais
Market
Le Réminet
Le Restaurant du Palais Royal
Mon Vieil Ami
Le Villaret
L'Arôme
Chiberta
Dominique Bouchet
Lasserre
Le Carré des Feuillants
Maison Blanche
Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos
La Truffière

Feb 29, 2012
joond1 in France

Atlanta Chowhound in Chicago for Business

Hey Fellow Hounds,

I'll be visiting Chicago pretty much weekly for the next few months. Been perusing the boards and the ideas look great, but was hoping some fellow food-lovers could help out with some more area-specific ideas, since travel and free time will be limited.

First- I love most food, but if I'm here would love to try some local or regional fare. Awesome Chicago Dogs, sausages, GREAT sandwiches (italian beef?), ANY must-visit restaurants. I am originally from NJ, so deep-dish pizza frightens me to no end... but if there is a must-try, I'd consider haha! Also, budget for my project is generous but I always should try to keep it within reason!

For at least my first trip up, I'm staying near Navy Pier right on the lake (although my hotels may change). I'll be looking for dinners in this area. Would be great to know some places I can visit for a bite before packing it in (I'll usually be on my own), or even great takeout I can bring back to the hotel.

I'll be working during the day on Madison St near Wells, Franklin, LaSalle, etc. These options will probably have to be either great takeout or quick dine-in.

Appreciate any help! I'll continue to look at other suggestions on the boards.

Jan 17, 2012
joond1 in Chicago Area

Great Weekday Lunch Take-Out?

A question to my fellow Hounds:

At my office, we have our general rotation of solid restaurants within walking distance to frequent during the week. But if I need to bring food back upstairs, I'm getting really sick of the Colony Square food court and Highland Bakery (which, by the way, has been incredibly underwhelming in my recent experiences).

I'm looking for places I can get a great takeout lunch to bring back to work. Can be something as easy and delicious as a great sandwich. Although I work at 14th and Peachtree, I'd be willing to drive a bit since the general idea of takeout is that it's relatively quick.

For example, it kills me that BOCADO isn't open for lunch on weekends, and I haven't been able to try it yet. Does anyone know if they would frown on / if they even do takeout?

How about Super Pan? Thoughts?

Of course, I'd love to hear about anyone else's favorite takeout sandwich / lunch spots.

Aug 30, 2011
joond1 in Atlanta

Dinner during Midtown Restaurant Week

If between those two, I'd go with 4th & Swift. Had my best meal in Atlanta there, and every time I go the food is consistently great.

Also, I dined at Ecco for restaurant week last night and it was really great. The $25 menu seems to have something for everyone, and it didn't seem like they skimped on anything just because it was from the Restaurant Week menu (which is a problem I've had before at some other restaurants)

Enjoy!

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Ecco
40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

4th & Swift
621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Aug 29, 2011
joond1 in Atlanta