Bargain canneles bordelais and delish Salade Lyonnaise...the new go-to girl's restaurant in town is Garces Trading Company.
Exhausted from a production shoot at Mercato Restaurant BYOB (the oven caught on fire, but otherwise, the shoot went off without a hitch), my assistant and I walked two blocks over to Iron Chef Jose Garces' Garces Trading Company for a power lunch at 1111 Locust Street.
Along with being an upscale casual restaurant, GTC is also a marketplace with a supplementary charcuterie and cheese counter, a pastry and coffee corner, flowers for sale and even an impressive wine store right inside! (An impressive bottle of Rioja for under $15? Yes, please!)
My assistant and I decided to ride high in the communal high-chair seating -- surprisingly comfortable, by the way -- and found ourselves lavished with delicious sourdough bread and olive oils by a hunky (just like the bread) server. I had the Lyonnaise Duck Salad while my assistant had a cappuccino and a half dozen cannel's bordelais (a true bargain at a dollar each), all of which were sublime!