Chamblee, on the north side of Atlanta, started out as an industrial town. The old business district lies along the railroad tracks north of the MARTA station. It's been home to antique stores for a long time. Probably due to the new apartments that have sprung up near the station, that area is seeing a new spurt of growth in boutiques and hang-out places, even in the year and a half since I moved here. There aren't any true restaurants yet, but at least two coffee houses have sprung up. The district is still pretty quiet but business types do seem to be comfortable there, resplendent in their WiFi connectedness.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.