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.