Monday, March 21, 2011

Revisiting some cheap restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Home Grown
Here are some updates on inexpensive restaurants I've recently revisited:

Noni's: Our server told us that this O4W restaurant will be making some significant menu changes soon. Among the additions will be — surprise! — hamburgers. This doesn't exactly fit the theme of an Italian restaurant, but it probably fits the young crowd quite well.

I had my usual for dinner here — a Caesar salad and the chicken-eggplant parmigiana. The latter, I'm afraid, was quite a deviation from the usual. The chicken breading was soggy and the eggplant was cut into small pieces.

Wayne was sorry to see his favorite, the peas and pecorino, off the menu, but enjoyed the meatball-filled wedding soup and a plate of pasta.

Home Grown GA: The breakfast-and-lunch spot recently acquired a smoker and the hickory-roasted chicken I ordered was A-plus-good. It was served with a strong, hot barbecue sauce. Wayne ordered a sandwich of pimento cheese, bacon and fried green tomatoes — something that's escalating its appearance on menus all over town.

Unfortunately, the diner will not be opening for dinner, according to Kevin Clark, the chef and and co-owner.

Holy Taco: Yeah, I rushed back here after a recent dinner. This time I ordered a dish unfortunately going off the menu — roasted cauliflower, dates and manzanilla olives. My entree was three tacos — chicken hearts, pork shoulder and chicken with pickled radishes. The corn tortillas didn't hold up as well as they should, but I don't mind using a fork.

Eclipse di Luna: A great lunch with my usual Friday pals. The all-tapas menu has been changed a bit. I had a sandwich of serrano ham and manchego cheese, plus lamb meatballs with a light apricot glaze and a chili arbol sauce.

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