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Eating Around Georgia Tech: The Spence

The Spence is the latest restaurant to provide a high-end restaurant in Tech Square, using the same space as several of its predecessors. The space itself is very well appointed; a large bar occupies the front part of the restaurant. The atmosphere is definitely upscale hip---soup is served, for example, by pouring it at the table from a tin can labeled "soup"---but I found the service to be a bit erratic and not quite up to the restaurant's concept.

I tried the pork belly sandwich. It shows a definite Korean influence, including ginger and hot pepper. Other elements such as the lettuce and carrots, plus an excellent roll, contributed to a very complex taste. Unfortunately, the sandwich was structurally unsound. I'm sure that the ingredients looked elegant when the kitchen piled them up but they wouldn't stay where they were while I ate. I finally gave up and tried a fork and knife, but it was even too unstable to allow me to cut it reliably on the plate. I ended up eating it component by component. You really shouldn't come to Georgia Tech with poor structural engineering...

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