My visits to New Lan Zhou Noodle have become more frequent as of late. The Taiwanese food court in Chamblee is a good place for a simple, wholesome, inexpensive meal. Lately, I've consistently gone to Lan Zhou for their delicious stretched noodles. I didn't have a chance to take a photo of the cook stretching the noodles; perhaps another blog. This is duck noodle soup, with delicious bits of bony duck that I chewed down carefully. The noodles have a wonderful, chewy texture that you can't find in other types of pasta. I order my soup spicy; it comes out with flakes of pepper that excite the tongue and open up the nostrils but don't endanger any lives.
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.