See? This is what happens to CL basketball coverage when you fire Besha....
... and self-deprecating to boot. (+1)
I myself am far more Clemenza than Clooney. So there's that. Still, I'm content just to know that there exists a flesh-and-blood version of the Perfect Ideal - - with mastery of both basketball and bahn mi. The Olivia Newton-John angel to my Barry White demon, as it were.
Whoa!! Wait a minute...
Nick Cave groupie, food maven, AND a huge sports fan??
You're well on your way to Dream Woman status. Just two more categories left to go: Politics (=lefty?) and Religion (="Let it Be" crossed with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"?).
Nice twist - - having read the first few paragraphs, I would have bet this was going to be a glowing review. What a sad surprise. And, as others have noted, amzing that a menu that reads so interestingly on paper/screen, could (apparently) be so blah.
But, as to the above commenter's implication that big hotels have restaurants that blow - - it ain't necessarily so, bud. I had a really terrific meal in a hotel recently. Ok, Ok, I admit it was at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, but still. What Todd Richards is doing there is great - - a clever, creative menu that tastes as well as it reads. (And I don't think it has been reviewed by any of the big ATL food critics yet. So there you go, Besha.)
Good lord, man. Postings on Rhodes Bakery and the Majestic in the same day?? Can the Varsity be far behind? Choose one: Nino's or Alfredo's? Quick, someone, help this man before he goes all Mary Mac's on us!
(Actually, I love that you're resampling some old faves. For every one that bums you out (e.g., Majestic), hopefully there will be one that delights you too (e.g., Red Snapper, Colonnade). Have fun!)
Alas & alack - - we're "on the cusp of urban irrelevance." And all I really wanted was a decent bowl of fish soup & a croque monsieur.
I hear you, Besha. You would think that walkable neighborhoods like Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward, EAV, Va Highlands, and Westside would be crawling with good cafes. Downtown could especially use one. I think you may have hit on one of the issues in your last line - - the need to feel part of a trend (burgers, food truck, cupcakes) may be fueling the move away from the comfortable, old-school stand-bys like cafes.
I can think of a few that might come close to fitting your bill (though most don't stay open for 20 hrs a day): Carroll St. Cafe, Cafe Intermezzo, Java Vino, Parkgrounds, heck, even Apres Diem. It'll be interesting to see if Barcelona Wine Bar can work it's way into this group once the crowds die down.
Glad you like us, but you'll like us a lot more if you stop eating at and writing reviews of the Bistro at Kroger's.
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