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Friday, April 2, 2010

Grazing: First Look: West Egg Café's new location

click to enlarge GO WEST, YOUNG MAN: The chicken and dumplings pot pie at West Egg Café
  • GO WEST, YOUNG MAN: The chicken and dumplings pot pie at West Egg Café

It's been several years since I visited West Egg Café (1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973). The restaurant and coffeehouse opened by Jennifer and Ben Johnson in 2004 is one of the pioneers of Atlanta's Westside, and longtime chef Patric Bell has made it one of the city's most popular breakfast and brunch venues.

In January, the café moved a few doors from its original location to a front corner of the White Provision Residences building. Lots of free parking is available behind the restaurant and the new space is quite comfy. The large, hugely windowed dining room is as spare as the earlier one, but it's considerably warmed by barn-wood tables and a staff of cheerful servers.

Liquor or biscuit? Beer or cupcake? There's also a full-service bar that adjoins a bakery case full of Bell's goodies. The case is almost hidden on the way to the restrooms, so make a special effort to view it, especially if you're planning a cupcake dessert.

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