I joined a friend for lunch yesterday at The Stand. It is located on the SW
corner of Maple & Woodward, ground floor.
Robin is the manager. She launched BooCoo and several other restaurants, so she knows what she is doing. Casey works the bar. Very conversational, if that is what you seek. Otherwise; she gives patrons space, peace and quiet. A large selection of craft and seasonal choices are available from the bar. Thumbs up.
Apparently they offer free valet parking. I don't "do" valet, so I parked in a nearby garage - first 2 hours were $0 (for the holiday?)
It is a large space with separate rooms for bar, charcuterie, dining and at least one private dining room. The long main hallway features wine bins with the the owners' names. (This IS Birmingham <g>) The bottles are stored upright with labels forward, for those that wish to gawk. Not so good for the wine itself.
I started with their trio of soups. 2.5 to 3 ounces each. The lobster bisque was the winner, followed by the beef barley. I cannot remember the third. 'Nuff said. I would have preferred the soups a tad bit warmer. I will order again.
My buddy ordered sweet breads. A few minutes later the chef appears and apologizes that the sweet breads prepared for lunch service do not meet his standards. He makes a few alternative recommendations.
I also ordered the squash ratatouille. Keep in mind that my recent shift to the vegetarian side of the menu ... leaves me ill-prepared to be making trustworthy judgement. The flavors were good, but I felt that something was missing. Perhaps it was my salt addiction/deficit speaking. Next time, I will try something else.
My buddy ordered the roasted oysters and the grilled artichoke hearts. He liked both and would order again.
Lunch w/water, no alcohol, including a generous tip was $28. Not somewhere I will be eating every day, but a good place for a business lunch or personal treat.
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