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Grazing: First Look: Sweet Auburn Bistro (1)

Soul-food-inspired fine dining

“Happy Cinco de Mayo,” the apparent manager of the restaurant said to us soon after we were seated.

“Where’s the mariachi band?” Wayne asked.

“I’m afraid I have no Mexican food and no mariachi band – just Sirius Radio,” he replied. We cheered. In years past, we’ve paid big bucks to convince mariachi bands to cease performing their 500 verses of “Besame Mucho” at our table. We could handle the radio’s salsa tunes.

Actually, we were at the new Sweet Auburn Bistro (171 Auburn Ave., 404-525-5810) to avoid the Cinco scene altogether. We were much happier eating executive chef Glenn Law’s Southern cooking than the miserable Tex-Mex crap slung around the city’s kitchens every Cinco de Mayo. When the music turned to jazz, we were happier still.

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(Photo by James Camp)