I had lunch the other day at Paul's with several colleagues. It's located in a cozy residential neighborhood in South Buckhead. The menu emphasizes seafood. I decided on the shrimp and grits. Since it was one of the specials, I thought it was a must have. It was very good, but I do wish that the shrimp had been a little spicier. To me, the balance of spicy shrimp and the cool, smooth grits is one of the most enticing parts of this dish.
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.