Friday, August 8, 2014

Palo Alto CA: La Baguette

La Baguette is an institution in the Stanford Shopping Center. I've enjoyed their baking since my student days. The shop always has a line of folks waiting for a treat.

Despite the humble name, their signature item is, in fact, the croissant. It is very buttery with a pillowy interior. I suspect their recipe has been slightly Americanized to have a softer, less flaky interior. But it is very rich and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunnyvale CA: Dish n Dash

I had a very tasty dinner at Dish n Dash. Better yet, it was just a little more expensive than the meals at the Burger King across the street. Dish n Dash follows the n-choose-m format that has swept the burger world: pick your meat (or veggie) and starch, then add toppings. Sauces are free but many of the toppings are extra charge.

This is my chicken shawarma with eggplant. My starch was freekeh, which is a green wheat and was mixed with a bit of corn. The chicken was moist and flavorful. The dish had a very savory, complex taste that I really liked. I tried the mint sauce but the chicken would have been very good even without any sauce.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marietta: Jerusalem Bakery

Grant and Marie invited me to join them for dinner at Jerusalem Bakery. It's in the same mall as Tasty China but on the lower level. The restaurant is connected to the bakery proper.

Grant and Marie invited me to join them for dinner at Jerusalem Bakery. It's located in the shopping center that hosts Tasty China but is located on the lower level. They have a bakery chock full of sweet and savory baked goods as well as a restaurant.

I tried the cheese pie and baba ganoush. The cheese pie looks like a small pizza but is made on their soft, pillowy bread. The baba ganoush was the hit of my meal. The eggplant mixes with olive oil and other wonderful flavorings to give a much richer, more complex dish that I have been used to. I clearly have to up my standards in this department.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eating Around Georgia Tech: Le Petit Cafe AKA Coffee Snob

Coffee Snob, or Le Petit Cafe, is located in the IBB Building in Georgia Tech's bio quad. They are very well known for their hand-pulled coffees. They also have an excellent selection of foods for breakfast and lunch. They have both light, vegetarian options as well as heartier fare. Many of their dishes have wonderful spices that give great flavor without being too intrusive for more sensitive palates.

My usual drug of choice is the veggie pat tie; they also have meat versions available. The filling has an excellent curry flavor. The size of the patty is just right for a quick snack.

This little ditty gave me a morning boost the other day. That's a banana topping on top of nice, pillowy bread.

Today for lunch, I tried the veggie burrito. Its combination of great savory spices with creamy avocado was a wonderful combination.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/9/1872707/restaurant/Midtown/Le-Petit-Cafe-Atlanta

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ATL: Links Grill

My latest trip allowed me to try Links Grill and their hot dogs. It's a small space but it still manages to fit in a sit-down counter, which is a welcome relief.

I tried that highest expression of meat in tubular form, the Chicago dog. Do not adjust your screen---that bright orange is the official color for relish on a Chicago hot dog. This was a pretty good specimen that gave me a good mix of flavors. I have two small critiques. First, the tomato slice was a little small. Second, the bun was a little too big and bready, distracting from the dog. But this dog certainly made my arrival back at ATL more pleasant.

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Columbus OH: Bareburger

A conference (CVPR, the computer vision conference) brought me to Columbus, Ohio. The downtown area is quite nice and has a good assortment of interesting restaurants. I'm writing this review at Bareburger across from the convention center. It's a build-your-own-burger chain. They offer a wide range of ingredients that allow you to assemble pretty much any burger-like meal you want.

I had a turkey burger on lettuce with Amish bleu cheese and mustard. Very tasty with an appropriately meaty flavor provided by the bleu cheese. The service has been very friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Country Cooking

Country Cooking is in East Atlanta. It's a very popular spot this morning with lots of people lined up for the steam table filled with good things: eggs, biscuits, grits, fried green tomatoes...A sign at the start of the line announces "NO TRANS FATS; REAL BUTTER"

I limited myself to cheese eggs and biscuits. The biscuit was good, more of a batter base. The cheese eggs were soft, fluffy, and rich. High volumes ensure that everything is fresh. This is a very good neighborhood spot.

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