Crescent Ave. Crawl: 4/12/13

Date Night starts at one end of Crescent Avenue and ends up at the other end. We are in Midtown, exploring an area we really have not hit in our food travels. We need some beer, so we begin at Tap, hoping to get a cold one and an appetizer before walking down to Lure for our main course and dessert.

The Tap patio has a view of Peachtree.

The Tap patio has a view of Peachtree.

Check out all of those taps behind the bar.

Check out all of those taps behind the bar.

Tap features 30 beers on draught and we are not disappointed with the choices. There is a nice local section featuring beers from Atlanta and Athens as well as another section with domestic crafts and big Belgians.

Red Hare Watership Brown and New Holland Dragon's Milk.  Thirsty?

Red Hare Watership Brown and New Holland Dragon’s Milk. Thirsty?

Eve stays local with the Red Hare Watership Brown, which is made right here in Marietta, GA. This is one of the best browns you can get and at 7.2% ABV, it makes you feel good inside. We feel it’s one of the best browns we have had, and we take pride in the fact that it’s made five miles from Date Night headquarters. My favorite imperial stout, New Holland Dragon’s Milk (10% ABV) is on the menu and I choose it immediately. It’s aged in bourbon barrels and that adds a different dimension to the taste.

For our appetizer we pick the hummus sampler.

A large order of hummus.

A large order of hummus.

There’s a lot to eat here, with spicy edamame hummus, babaganoush (eggplant) and red pepper hummus. The Mediterranean theme continues with some nice large olives. This is enough food for four people, but we bravely finish the whole thing and depart for our next location.

As we walk down Crescent, we are amazed at all of the dining choices. There’s Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, Front Page News, which looks like a cajun place, South City Kitchen, and it’s sister restaurant Lure, both owned by the Fifth Group. It turns out we used to eat here years ago when it was Vickery’s and it was a short drive from work.

The restaurant "lures" us in.

The restaurant “lures” us in.

We decide to sit on the patio because it’s enclosed and it’s not quite warm enough to open it up.

Lure's patio has that beach feel.

Lure’s patio has that beach feel.

Or you can sit inside.

Or you can sit inside.

We are greeted by the friendly and knowledgable Shawna, who always has a smile on her face. We are still a bit thirsty, and are pleased to find the Watership Brown on the menu here as well.

Make ours a double.

Make ours a double.

By the way, it’s available in cans in your local beer store. Since we had our appetizer earlier, we go straight for the main course.

Don't forget the optional bread.

Don’t forget the optional bread.

You have to order bread at Lure, but they don’t charge you for it. You should order some, as it comes hot and with butter that melts when you spread it. We decide to split an entree, the Georgia rainbow trout.

How are your filleting skills?

How are your filleting skills?

They bring you the whole darn thing, bones and all. Fortunately, the fish comes with filleting instructions and a bucket to put your bones in.

No bones about it.  The only part of the trout we didn't eat.

No bones about it. The only part of the trout we didn’t eat.

I won’t say that I got 100% of the bones on my first try, but most of them wind up in the bucket. The trout is moist and perfectly prepared. The lemon butter that comes with it is perfect for dipping with that optional loaf of bread.

Our friend NL tells us that Lure has the best Brussels sprouts in the city and we must investigate.

The Lure version of Brussels sprouts.

The Lure version of Brussels sprouts.

These come in their own cast iron skillet. Toss in grapes and pumpkin seeds and it’s quite the side. They may not the best in the city (we still think Happy Belly is better), but they are close.

We don’t have room for dessert, but we order it anyway.

Want a bite?  We didn't save you any!

Want a bite? We didn’t save you any!

It’s been a rough week, and we need chocolate! We finish our night off with a piece of chocolate peanut butter mousse cake. It tastes like the cake version of a Resse’s Cup. In other words, it’s great!

We leave Lure very happy. It’s been a fun date and we will be back to check out more of the eating on Crescent Ave.

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