It Girl's Tasty Fast Lunch

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With a delightfully enticing menu, nicely reasonable prices, and a handsome wait staff, Garces Trading Company just may be my new go-to spot for on-the-go double espressos, grocery-shopping, or even a leisurely Sunday supper with husband and baby.

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!

With a delightfully enticing menu, nicely reasonable prices, and a handsome wait staff, GTC just may be my new go-to spot for on-the-go double espressos, grocery-shopping, or even a leisurely Sunday supper with husband and baby.  Oh, and if you are very lucky, you just may catch a glimpse of the genius Iron Chef Garces at work.

And, I got a parking ticket for lingering too long, but it was worth it.

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