P’cheen, a “backpocket” restaurant

I love to explore new places to dine. But sometimes you want a sure thing. I’ve mentioned before that I have a few restaurants that I keep in my head where I KNOW I can take someone and impress them with a meal. I consider them “backpocket” restaurants–places I can always count on. P’cheen International Bistro, in the Old Fourth Ward, is one of these. The food is great, the service excellent, it’s a moonshine bar, and they’ve got DJs spinning music later in the evenings.

Friday night a friend and I were going to Dad’s Garage for their final weekend in Inman Park. I left the car on the Inman/O4W Bridge (just over the Beltline) so we could park just once. Dinner was spectacular, as always. Thanks Alex.

We started with the Pork Belly Nigiri, a creation of Alex Freidman. Tasty, tender. You could make a meal just on these babies. The new menu featuring small plates makes it easy to chose several things, though.
We started with the Pork Belly Nigiri, a creation of Alex Freidman. Tasty, tender. You could make a meal just on these babies. The new menu featuring small plates makes it easy to chose several things, though.
I have the Korean Dip sandwich with au jus. A great deal at just $8, piled with meat. The kitchen hides a few jalapeños in there, so look out!
I have the Korean Dip sandwich with au jus. A great deal at just $8, piled with meat. The kitchen hides a few jalapeños in there, so look out!
My dining partner had the steak of the day: dry aged (in house!) Rib Eye, topped with locally grown chanterelles and a wine sauce along with house fries. I couldn't talk her into a moonshine cocktail, but I had one.
My dining partner had the steak of the day: dry aged (in house!) Rib Eye, topped with locally grown chanterelles and a wine sauce along with house fries. I couldn’t talk her into a moonshine cocktail, but I had one.
Dessert: bacon ice cream sandwich, between French toast slices and toped with maple syrup!
Dessert: bacon ice cream sandwich, between French toast slices and toped with maple syrup!

 

Barcelona Wine Bar, my backpocket restaurant

I have a handful of restaurants that I keep in my “backpocket” just to impress. You know what I mean. You’ve got friends visiting and you need a place that everyone will enjoy and will leave the table happy, stuffed and with great memories. Barcelona Wine Bar , located in Inman Park, is one of my choices in this area. When my girlfriend from Little Rock was visiting last week, I had to take her out for one fantastic meal.

Unfortunately, the photos aren’t fantastic. But the food and the service was.

Barcelona Wine Bar, 1
Grilled Hanger Steak– Black Truffle Sauce
Barcelona Wine Bar, 2
Baby carrots with fennel
Barcelona Wine Bar, 3
Always get some house bread
Barcelona Wine Bar, 4
Patatas Bravas–Spicy Tomato Sauce, Garlic Aioli
Barcelona Wine Bar, 5
Dessert: Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Indulgence- Raspberry Sauce & Coconut Ice Cream ; Flan Catalan; Crepas Salguero — Dulce De Leche, Chocolate Sauce & Fleur de Sel Vanilla Ice Cream