Before I get to the food, I just want to thank to everybody for all of the great Atlanta lunch info. We would never have gotten to eat the delicious food we did if it were not for you. And of course now we have leads on lots of other places for our next Atlanta visit. Seeing as it was 70 degrees and beautiful in Atlanta and is now around 30 and barren here in Chicago, our next visit may have to come sooner rather than later.
Now to the food.
For Friday lunch three of us headed to Salsa con Sabor. We had an excellent meal. We ordered, and all shared, the following:
· Roasted chicken lunch special (came with a cup of chicken rice soup and some rice and beans)
· Roasted pork mofongo (came with rice and beans)
· Mixed seafood ceviche
Everything was delicious, but the ceviche was the collective "I can't believe how great this is" favorite, followed by the chicken (which we all thought was very uniquely herbed we could not figure out what the tastes were, but we liked them) and then the pork. Though when we ladled some of the ceviche sauce/juices over the pork, it's standing vaulted up.
The soup was always very well-received, as was the mofongo.
Service was very friendly, and for the amount and quality of food the cost was great: $34 before tax and tip, including the cost of beer (never before has a Corona with lime tasted as good as it did with this meal).
For Saturday lunch we ended up with a party of 5 and for a variety of reasons (time, collective tastes, etc) we ended up at Brasserie Le Coze for lunch. I had an "heirloom tomato salad with Vermont chevre" and the mussels (steamed in a white wine sauce and came with frites). The salad was tasty, though pricey. The mussels were many and good, the frites less so for my tastes (I prefer a slightly thinner frites than what they served). Some items that others in our dining party had and I got to taste: a white bean w/ truffle oil soup (good the truffle flavor was nicely subtle), a roasted lamb sandwich on olive bread with garlic mayo (also good, though I am not a huge fan of olive bread so it's not a sandwich I would want more than a few tastes of), and a roasted skate fillet (another good I haven't had skate much, but I am always surprised at how tender it can be).
Service was a little slow at times but it was pretty busy. Brasserie Le Coze, unlike Salsa con Sabor, is probably not a meal I will daydream about during work meetings in the upcoming weeks, but that may be because we have ready access to several comparable French bistro restaurants close by and no good source for a giant mound of cheap and delicious ceviche. I would consider Brasserie good not great definitely a place it would be nice to have in the neighborhood but probably not a place I'd hit more than once a quarter, or so. But we all definitely enjoyed our meal there and I would be happy to go back.
Unfortunately we once again only saw The Varsity in passing on the drive to the airport.
We'll have to try and catch it on our next visit to Atlanta.
Thanks again everyone for all of your help! Happy eating!