Movie Tavern is across from Northlake Mall near Lavista and the perimeter. I've thought for years that restaurant/theater combinations were the wave of the future, but they have caught on only fairly lately as theaters try to compete with home video. Movie Tavern concentrates on bar food: pizza, burgers, wings. I ordered my meal at the snack bar, took my number to the theater, and sat down to enjoy Iron Man 2. After a few minutes, my burger special came. It was extremely fresh---hot and steamy, which was a nice treat. The fries were pretty good. The soda that came with it was huge; I probably took six months of my life by drinking it, but I rebelled at the thought of paying $3.50 for a bottled water. Overall, a good way to enjoy a movie. They do Flapjacks and a Flick on Saturday morning for kids, which sounds like fun.
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.