Birmingham: Cafe Dupont and Daniel George
I have reservations to take my sweetie to Cafe Dupont (i wanted to go to Local but - alas - its not to be) but then remembered that Daniel George was also on my list of want-to-try spot. Any opinion on which one is better?
Keep your reservations. Both would be good choices, but Cafe Dupont is a cut above and a little different than Daniel George, because of the New Orleans influences in the former. Daniel George is well established and has a big fan base. Keep it high on your list.
I really like them both. Cafe DuPont has a definite downtown, bustling, city type of atmosphere. The menu is New Orleans-influenced. Daniel George has a little more laid-back atmosphere, with a nice mix of favorites (veal piccata, beef filet) and usually a couple of more adventurous dishes as well. Usually several very good fish dishes. I know dg's menu changes daily, and I believe DuPont's does, as well, to take advantage of what's fresh and in season. Daniel George really does an excellent job with the vegetables on the side, as well; one of these days I'm just going to go in and ask for a vegetable plate! One of the things I like about Cafe DuPont is they offer a five-course or seven-course tasting menu. Both of them have web sites at www.birminghammenus.com.