Omnivore - Here and there June 09 2008

Random notes:

Pangaea, the cross-cultural sandwich shop in west Atlanta, has closed. Big bummer. I don't know if this affects the planned Decatur location. Dish, a Virginia-Highland old-timer, has closed, too. That especially sucks. Say bye-bye to Calcutta on Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points, too. Restaurants are struggling, folks. You need to get out there and eat, eat, eat to keep George Bush's economy healthy.

I've noticed a few newbies in my own 'hood. Two of them are next door to Javaology, the coffeehouse on Edgewood at Boulevard. One is the Corner Tavern, the other is Cafe Circa. The latter seems not to be open yet, but the former has been open awhile, though I haven't tried the food yet.

There's also a sign on a condo building on Memorial near Boulevard that announces Stella Trattoria. It doesn't look as though interior construction has even begun.

There's already been a change of chefs at Beleza and, I believe, the menu has been somewhat deweirded.

I was recently asked to recommend a restaurant where two can eat for $50. The asker wants to give a couple a gift certificate. Outside ethnic spots, I couldn't think of much. Any ideas?

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