I was on my own last night and, on the way home from the gym, I decided to stop at MetroFresh. I mentioned a few weeks back that I was seated next to owner Mitchell Anderson at the first of Shaun's Sunday night pasta dinners. Mitchell mentioned that his menu had taken some interesting turns and that he was selling bread from Eli Kikove now.
I was pretty much blown away by this dish of sliced flat iron steak over roasted asparagus with a mushroom-cream sauce. I'm talking intense flavors. It was about $17 and came with a cup of corn-sausage chowder. Naturally, I had to eat a lemon cupcake from the Atlanta Cupcake Factory for dessert.
I did have a few complaints. The counter people were all nice but totally uneducated in the menu. Every time I asked a question, they had to pop into the kitchen for an answer. Also: I bought a bread stick and a square of ciabatta. I am assuming that the three days of rain were responsible for the unpleasant chewiness.
But, the rest of my food was really good. The MetroFresh website credits Executive Chef Bryan Kraatz for the menu innovations. There is mention, too, that Kraatz makes a cassoulet. I want.
After dinner I took a walk next door to Nam. I was shocked to see how completely obscured it is by the new Starbucks. You can't see it unless you happen to walk down that way. I was happy to see a sign on the window that the restaurant is now offering pho and Vietnamese sandwiches to go.