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QAW | | Sep 19, 2012 12:40 PM

You want to like Eat before you open the door. It is the brainchild of Natalie Young, who had the inspiration (and the courage?) to open downtown (707 Carson Street, a short stroll from the Fremont Experience), as part of the "Downtown Project", Tony Hsieh's revitalization group. Then you open the door, and fortunately do not have to worry about bringing any biases into play.

The Eat space has a lot of charm, a casual and unpretentious urban eclectic, a vibe that you feel immediately (a friendly staff does not hurt). And an open kitchen brings some dynamic aromas into play. The food naturally will decide the rest, and so far so good. Lunch today was a "Chicken Banh Mi" that had a nice balance of both flavors and textures (perhaps an added drizzle of Siracha next time?), and a baguette a cut above anything we have had on Spring Mountain. A pile of house-made chips were also ideal for scooping any veggies that fell out of the sandwich.

Eat is open for breakfast and lunch, and the menu shows the creative touches of the owner/chef - comfort food with a flair. And it looks like pastries will be supplied by Megan Romano and her Chocolate & Spice crew (which can only be a good thing). There will naturally be a challenge to be successful in this location, but this project shows an integrity and a passion for someone that plans to be in the game for a long time.

707 Carson Street

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