@Cheesehead: I think without a doubt the best cheese plate in town is at Bacchanalia, where they have a full cheese cart. Of course, you have to have dinner there to get it, which is quite the $$ commitment. Star Provisions has a cheese plate that I haven't had but I'm sure it's pretty good. Beyond that, Empire State and Holeman have great cheese plates (and at H&F you can mix and match with the charcuterie). Ecco has a great cheese selection. I know I'm forgetting some...
Socialist humanist agnostic. But to be fair, I ought to tell you that I'm quite hideous.
Ah, Jimmy. That is my favorite comment of the year.
Darin- there are a zillion places up and down Smith Street, in my old hood. Interestingly there are now some crossover spots - places in Brooklyn owned by Australians. I went to Milk Bar in Prospect Heights last time I was there and loved it, though it was more of a breakfast spot. The Richardson does cocktails and charcuterie all day. But seriously, walk around Carroll Gardens or Fort Greene and it's hard not to trip over these places.
@atlantaadvocate Jeeze, dude, you sure know how to ramp up the hyperbole. I didn't say I'm anti sidewalk, or that I think sidewalks wouldn't help. What I said was, I think people are being too simplistic for blaming the lack of cafes on sidewalks. We have plenty of other kinds of restaurants, why not cafes? Many of the places I ate at that were like this in New York were inside only - same with Australia. I do think walkable neighborhoods makes for more people eating in their neighborhoods. But still - we have neighborhood eateries, just not cafes. We have pizza places and burger joints and dive bars and coffee houses. But not many all purpose cafes, and the ones that aim for it (like a few mentioned above) for the most part serve Sysco hummus plates and black bean burgers and have crap wine and crap coffee.
@Lorenzo - never been to San Diego. But I guarantee you, Hartford makes Atlanta look like Shangri-La.
I think it's possible to have a cafe culture without sidewalks, although obviously sidewalks help a ton. But again - why am I more likely to go to a cupcake boutique than a cafe, even if there isn't outdoor seating? The bakery at Cakes & Ale and Octane both achieve some of what I'm talking about, although Octane's menu is a little short, and the bakery at Cakes is a little more focused and expensive - not a dig at them, I adore that place actually. I've never eaten at Savi as a cafe, but it's a good suggestion. Lots of places come close, but I'd love to see it become a bigger part of our eating culture.
Darin, your point is taken. Our box info is set up to ignore transit alternatives, and it's things like that that need to change to see the city change, slowly. I will take it up with our copy desk, to see if we can add transit options other than parking to our box info, and hopefully even database.
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