Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Open 'til when?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM

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  • www.cafecircaatl.com
We dined at Cafe Circa last Sunday. It was a rainy night and the restaurant, where Hopeton HIbbert recently became chef, was almost empty.

When I called the restaurant earlier in the day to ask about the hours, I was told they were officially open until 11 p.m. "But it all depends on how many customers we have," the host said. "We might close earlier."

I'm finding more and more restaurants that do that. Since I rarely dine before 9 p.m., it's hard enough to beat the usual closing times, so I've made it a definite habit to call just before I set out for a place, no matter what its "official" hours are.

Our meal at Cafe Circa was quite good, but didn't seem as radical a departure from the former menu as I was expecting. Hibbert, who was chef at Eclipse de Luna, can be wildly inventive. (Wayne has never forgiven the restaurant for taking the chocolate chicken wings off the original menu.)

I was disappointed that the oxtail stew was not available, but my pork chop was amazingly flavored. See next week's "Grazing" for more.

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