Friday was a good day for eating. I met my friends Brad and Todd for lunch at JCT (1198 Howell Mill Rd., 404-355-2252). It's in the same development that hosts Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Figo and Taqueria del Sol.
All of the restaurants seemed to be packed, so that finding a parking space was an ordeal. Actually, getting there was an ordeal too. I took 17th Street, which runs from Peachtree through Atlantic Station, to Howell Mill.
As usual, the intersection of 17th and Howell Mill was a damn nightmare, with traffic backed-up all the way to Northside Drive. There's no stop sign on Howell Mill there, so it can take a good 10 minutes or longer to get through the intersection. It's another example of terrible planning by the city. The 14th Street bridge over the connector is gone, so a lot of westbound traffic is diverted to 17th Street. You'd think they would have thought to install a light or a stop sign.
Lunch at JCT was good. I had sauteed shrimp over creamy grits (above). Brad had iceberg lettuce with shrimp and Todd ordered a roasted-pork sandwich. Portions were on the small side, so Todd and I ordered dessert -- chocolate fried pies for him and gingerbread pudding with lemon curd for me.
We had a great server, a young woman from Latvia.
Friday night, Wayne and I went to Dynamic Dish, where we shared our table with a cluster of pineapples. We've been eating here at least once a week and Friday's meal was as exceptional as usual. An asparagus soup made with celeriac broth and a bit of creme fraiche was tangy and fragrant. We both ordered the day's sandwich -- a Reuben made with tempeh, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. On the side, we had a bowl of local black-eyed peas with butter. They were yet another lesson in the value of simplicity when ingredients are first-rate.
Honestly, I consider Dynamic Dish the best restaurant to have opened in our city in the last year. Owner/Chef David Sweeney's cooking has no equal here.
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Thanks for sharing all these great events.
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Photos from the 2007 demolition of the original Williams Street space. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chickpeapie/3350150662/in/photolist-2dEE3J-66Y9qn-66Y9ok-673p3h-66Y9pX-66Y9rX-66Y9nT-66Y9oV-673p5j-6oKZC3-66Y9mV-6zUyyA/
Love their beers! Better than many German beers. Stationed in Germany 12 years.