The Pecan Bistro is one of the restaurants in the food court of the new international terminal at ATL. (It's on the upper level, in case you're looking.) Since you can get to the international terminal on the train, I decided to pop over to sample the new restaurants and Pecan Bistro, given its Southern theme, sounded like a good place to start. The food court also features the Varsity---why did it take them so long to establish a beachhead at ATL? Pecan Bistro provides both paninis and entrees. The dishes lean toward Southern seafood. This is my salmon, served with sweet potatoes and asparagus on a bed of lettuce. The salmon and asparagus were prepared as I watched. (The pans of food at the front are just for show.) The salmon was delicious. The asparagus was cooked to just the right balance of tenderness and toothless. The sweet potatoes are a little sweet for me, but I would probably be outvoted on that by the majority of Southerners.
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.