I just noticed Daily Bread. It's on Marietta Street next to Bottoms Up. They have a variety of sandwiches, but what caught my eye was the bread bowl. I tried one with french onion soup (they were out of tomato, unfortunately). I also had a Caesar. I thought the soup was good and french onion is a relatively difficult soup to do well. The bread was OK but nothing to write home about. It was a little smaller than I expected. If I had to compare to Panera, it would be at best a tie. The salad was fine, though it could use a little more dressing. The service was a little disorganized but very friendly---they are obviously trying hard. The restaurant probably opened very recently and I expect that things will become more regularized. They also have an impressive coffee bar for the caffeinated crowd.
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.