The combination ice cream/hot dog seems to be the new trend in food emporiums. Pete's is at the intersection of Shallowford and I-85. It's a neighborhood place. It's very cute---bright and cheery with great video screen menus. I stopped by for a hot dog and was happy to see that they offer Chicago dogs. Their version is authentic and not bad. I don't think that they use Vienna Beef dogs, which is heresy to the true believer, but hey, if you're that intense about hot dogs, move back to Chicago.
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.