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Friday, October 3, 2008

Cappello's cooking at Lamplighter

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Carmen Cappello, formerly chef at Mix and Sweet Lowdown, has opened Lamplighter (280 Connally St., 404-835-7167) in Grant Park. This was formerly the Lamplighter Cafe.

We had a good meal here Thursday night, less than two hours before the vice-presidential debate. Talk about an appetite spoiler.

Above is my entree, slices of rare duck over rice and zucchini with a Thai curry sauce. Wayne had shrimp and calamari in a spoon-able, sop-able broth that was seasoned with shaved garlic, chiles, basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Also: butterbean hummus, an antipasti plate and bread pudding.

Happily, Cappello has abandoned the floor tiles that much of the food was served on in the restaurant's earlier incarnation. The interior has been spruced up a bit and the kitchen is open to view.

The menu, which changes regularly, does not so far include any of Cappello's more playful dishes. Prices are relatively low -- $10 to $15 for entrees and $4 to $7 for starters.

More in an upcoming Grazing column.

(Photos by Cliff Bostock)

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