Friday, April 25, 2008

Bargain in Grant Park

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 8:18 PM

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Wayne and I dined at Solstice Cafe (562 Boulevard, 404-622-1976) in Grant Park Thursday night. This very laid-back, inexpensive cafe recalls the original Cafe Diem, with the same kind of menu of pastas, salads and a few entrées. Like the original Cafe Diem, Solstice also attracts a very eclectic crowd to its studiously shabby, candlelit interior. We were happy they were playing Amy Winehouse's CDs.

I ordered this entrée of a chicken breast roasted in a crust of crumbled Ritz crackers, served with a Marsala sauce and garnish of portobello mushrooms. Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and asparagus were also on the plate. The sauce was disconcerting on first bite, lacking the usual intensity of Marsala sauces, but the more I ate, the more I liked it.

Wayne ordered a decent Caesar salad with grilled chicken.

Our cuisine editor, Besha Rodell, reviewed the restaurant in February and reported that lunch and breakfast are the better meals at Solstice. Read her review here.

(Photo by Cliff Bostock)

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