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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Weird valet parking, a strange chile relleno...

On our way to our usual Wednesday-night feast on $3 sliders at the Shed at Glenwood, we stopped by H. Harper Station to confirm that the restaurant-bar was open. It's located in the old train depot in Reynoldstown at 904 Memoral Drive (678-732-0415).

It was indeed open. We were surprised to see that the restaurant, which has a large adjacent parking lot, was being manned by a valet. This will save you a few steps to the door at the cost of a tip. I don't get it.

Nonetheless, we're looking forward to visiting. H. Harper Station calls itself "a modern watering stop" and its menu is limited mainly to small plates, including items from a cold bar, and sandwiches. Most are under $10. Five "bigger plates" — $22 and under — include Louisiana bouillabaisse and bison short ribs....

Our visit to the Shed was as satisfying as usual. This week's menu included an addictive, slider-sized panino of duck proscuitto and Georgia gouda....

I've reported before that I find the frozen Indian dishes at Trader Joe's surprisingly good. In fact, they're so good, they were sold out when I visited this week. So, I decided to try the store's frozen chile relleno. Ay, Dios mio! When I removed the container from my microwave, I beheld a bubbling morass of yellow cheese in which a poblano pepper was submerged, along with something like red salsa.

I think this dish qualifies as an example of the excess of (inferior) cheese contributing to the obesity epidemic. Hack up the poblano pepper, which actually tasted pretty good, and stir it into the cheese and you'll have a dip worthy of Taco Bell.

I did extract the carton from the trash and checked the nutrition label. Yup, it's a killer. Its 350 calories are 45 percent fat.

Next time the Indian dishes aren't available, I'll leave empty-handed or walk across the parking lot to Metrofresh....

Besha recently reported that Empire State South is serving cortados, a coffee drink not common in Atlanta but is my favorite when in Spain. Perhaps prompted by her rave, the restaurant is offering $2 cortados 3:30-4:30 p.m. weekdays. If you're downtown, definitely give the drink

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