Downtown/Pearl restaraunts-eat at the bar?
I'll be in town for a conference starting tomorrow and I like to sit at the bar (or in front of the kitchen if its an open kitchen) to have lunch/dinner. What places would you recommend where I could do this, Wed-Fri? I haven't done much research, but I'm definitely thinking Clyde Common. I like all types of food, ideally looking for good food in a friendly/interesting atmophere.
I like Oba too, but strangely, they kept pushing the Coconut Shrimp last time I was there (which was excellent), when they bill themselves as specializing in Nuevo Latino cuisine. I ate at the bar with a friend after a small group of us had gathered just for drinks.
Paragon is probably a better choice, but the only time I've been there was for a private party. Food and drinks were creative and excellent, even though we were ordering from a limited custom menu.
For the Pearl, my current favorite is still the new Trader Vic's.
Oven & Shaker has a nice long bar and excellent food. Ping is another good choice and you can see some of the kitchen from the bar also. I think both Oba and Paragon are good for drinks but not for food.