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Sep 19, 2012 12:40 PM


You want to like Eat before you open the door. It is the brainchild of Natalie Young, who had the inspiration (and the courage?) to open downtown (707 Carson Street, a short stroll from the Fremont Experience), as part of the "Downtown Project", Tony Hsieh's revitalization group. Then you open the door, and fortunately do not have to worry about bringing any biases into play.

The Eat space has a lot of charm, a casual and unpretentious urban eclectic, a vibe that you feel immediately (a friendly staff does not hurt). And an open kitchen brings some dynamic aromas into play. The food naturally will decide the rest, and so far so good. Lunch today was a "Chicken Banh Mi" that had a nice balance of both flavors and textures (perhaps an added drizzle of Siracha next time?), and a baguette a cut above anything we have had on Spring Mountain. A pile of house-made chips were also ideal for scooping any veggies that fell out of the sandwich.

Eat is open for breakfast and lunch, and the menu shows the creative touches of the owner/chef - comfort food with a flair. And it looks like pastries will be supplied by Megan Romano and her Chocolate & Spice crew (which can only be a good thing). There will naturally be a challenge to be successful in this location, but this project shows an integrity and a passion for someone that plans to be in the game for a long time.

707 Carson Street

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  1. Looks great! Will definitely try when I am in town next month! Thanks!

    7 Replies
      1. re: westie

        Awesome, thanks! Does anyone know if they bread their own Chicken Fried Steak or if they buy it pre-breaded? Thanks again and cannot wait to try it! 1 month to go!

        1. re: WildSwede

          Having tried the lunch menu, this week it was time to try breakfast. Did not have the chicken fried steak, but saw it brought out to another table - a large portion that looked hand-breaded, and we are told that everything on the menu is done from scratch. It will make the list for a future visit, but this time around Shrimp and Grits did the trick. A little different from the usual "Low Country" version, this rendition also brought two fried eggs and a couple of slices of excellent bacon, with some salsa on top of the shrimp to cut through the richness and add a little bite.

          1. re: QAW

            Thanks, QAW! Those Shrimp and Grits look very, very good. Definitely going to make a stop here! Thanks again!

            1. re: WildSwede

              We had a chance to stop by one morning on our recently concluded trip. Here are some photos along with some comments from my TR:

              This is a modern looking eatery serving both breakfast and lunch. Located at the corner of Carson and 7th Streets, it faces a vacant lot which I believe is included in Zappos’ Dowtown Project initiative. The staff was very friendly though numbering more than seemed needed.

              We requested a single order of 5 small beignets which were served with strawberry jam and mascarpone cheese. Owner/chef Natalie Young stopped by our table and cheerfully accommodated my request for a photo. I feel menu prices are on the side given the restaurant’s location and the small portion size of our dish though both the coffee and beignets were of high quality.

              1. re: westie

                I know you too well, Westie. I can almost guarantee that the missing word in the penultimate line is "high."

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  Yes, Dave - prices seemed "high" given the neighborhood and portion size. $8 for 5 tiny beignets and $3 for a cup of coffee. I am comparing Eat to neighborhood eateries of similar quality such as Bread & Butter, Baguette Cafe, Waffles Cafe, Chocolate & Spice etc.