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Monday, May 18, 2009

Table for Sure

For months, what’s been happening behind the papers plastered over the former Bert’s location on Cherry Street has remained a mystery. All we knew was Lemongrass: a Thai Bistro was coming soon. For Thai fans like Mom, whose mouth watered at the thoughts of tiny peppers, basil, coconut milk, curry, and of course, lemongrass, converging on Cherry Street, the prospect was almost too good to be true.

And then Mom and Shuga D went in for a preview on Friday night, and Mom, indeed, looked for chopsticks to pinch herself. Less is more with Lemongrass’ slick setting and design, which happens to be a favorite seating arrangement – long booth against the wall, bistro tables in between, chair seating on the other side, in addition to one, huge bar. What more can Mom and the girls ask for?

Well, Thai in a Glass will most likely be the answer. The new bistro’s signature drink is about as crisp as it comes, quickly through a straw on a hot summer day, and may just make Mom forget Jasmine tea all together. The coconut martini was also a frothy alter-aperitif, and Mom is just hoping happy hour specials are part of the Thai clock. Something special Mom does know is Lemongrass plans to be open late nights to accommodate the entertainment crowd. They will switch the full dinner menu to tapas, which is what theater and live music-goers have been wishing on for quite some time.

For those who love Ladda Thai in the Central Georgia sister city of Warner Vegas, you are going to love using less gas to Lemongrass, whose partner/menu mastermind happens to be the same proprietor. Glass noodle-packed spring rolls, spicy pork and garden-bounty basil rolls were just some of the Thai flavors Mom and Shuga D’s tastebuds partied with Friday night. But the real deal is Tuesday, when Lemongrass officially becomes the newest member of the downtown dining scene. Pucker up.

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