Leslie introduced me to Blu, a small restaurant in old downtown Marietta. The building itself is charming (sorry, no photos). I started off with a Greek salad. It was good, but it did follow the mold of American-style Greek salads by concentrating on lettuce. In Greece, the mother's salad concentrates on tomatoes, onions, olives, and feta cheese. I had a pork souvlaki for my main course, which was very enjoyable. It was complemented by some fruit---papaya, etc.---which was a welcome refresher.
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.