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Best Restaurant to Escape the Rat Race

Its pastries are legend in this town, but after a yearlong renovation, the new dining room at JOLI KOBE has become an oasis of peace. Rich, earthy floor tiles resemble tree branches in autumn. At lunch, when the restaurant is most busy, sunlight percolates through the clean lines of glass walls. A celery-colored bar melds with a backdrop of bricks painted sea foam green. For folks with frazzled nerves, it's downright paradisiacal in here. Try the chicken curry sandwich, a signature, or the Japanese-influenced dishes like "Omu-rice," which combines tomatoey rice with bits of chicken and a sheer, elegant omelet on top. Comfort food, Asian style.

5600 Roswell Road, 404-843-3257.

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