Spent a lot of time at the City Roots festival at the Distillery District this weekend, and thus ate there quite a lot. A round up of the chow:
The food at Canteen is mixed (steak overcooked, sweet potato fries tasty, anything with phylo pastry excellent, creme brulee very very cold and only sort of okay) but the service is just downright bad. They send food out with waiters who have no idea where it goes - and I don't mean which person at the table ordered what, I mean, they don't even know which table it's for - so they wander around blindly until someone shows a glimmer of recognition for their dinner. A sandwich I ordered took 45 minutes to arrive and even then ended up being a salad; I couldn't bother to wait any longer, and just gave up, paid for my drink and left. I ate at the Canteen three times on the weekend, and the service just got worse and worse until, by the end of the weekend, it was a running joke.
The Brick Oven Bakery does a nice job with sandwiches, but an hour before closing and they were out of 90% of everything. When we asked which sandwich the cashier recommended, she recommended the only two she had left. Pricy, but worth it, at least compared to other stuff available in the area.
On weekends there is a mini farmers market, and there's a woman who is usually there with baked goods both sweet and savoury. I've had a few of her things before, and it was excellent again this weekend.
Burgers at the Canteen are apparently pretty good, with a mix of beef and pork in the patty. Burgers bought from the patio bar are pretty much terrible and expensive, as well.
Gelato and sorbets at Soma are absolutely to die for. My least favourite is, surprisingly, chocolate, but even at 'least favourite' it's still pretty fantastic. The best, I think, was the fresh lemon ice with was subtle and rich when you first tasted it, then absolutely popped with flavour. Wonderful.