Lunch Plus One is a simple outing to enjoy with friends or visiting relatives or guests.
For a summer’s day out, consider beginning with a visit to Paristown – a neighborhood where modern and historic blend beautifully. Enjoy a box lunch at a table in the dappled shade of Christy’s Garden (nod to philanthropist Christy Brown and her vision for the area) and discover treasures galore at a vintage urban market.
If you are ready to venture out, a place to begin is The Café, 711 Brent Street. Located across the street from its former location, the restaurant has reenvisioned itself and has moved from bohemian chic to industrial cool. With exposed brick walls, concrete floor, and soaring ceiling, the casual eatery features all new tables and sturdy chairs—a change from the funky and sometimes wobbly furnishings at the old location (that, of course, added to its charm). More good news: The food is still served in generous portions and is very tasty.
My friend and I each ordered a Combo #3 that includes a half sandwich, soup, one side, and a cookie. I had the classic chicken salad and fruit while she enjoyed a benedictine/bacon sandwich with slaw.
We took our meals across the herringbone-patterned brick street to Christy’s Garden, chose a table in the shade, and ate our fill.
THE PLUS ONE:
While you are waiting to pick up your lunch, take the opportunity to browse around Stoneware & Co. which is connected to the restaurant’s main entrance. After lunch, visit the Fleur de Flea Vintage Market just a block or two from the restaurant. Depending on the ages in your party, this will either be a trip down memory lane or a glimpse into an earlier time—think rotary phones, needlepoint purses, and colorful clothing. Over 150 vendor booths feature just about anything imaginable from jewelry to furniture to books to plants to art and who knows what else. Vintage surprises at every turn. A veritable feast of Flea!
By Lucy M. Pritchett | Photos by Melissa Donald