Saturday evening we headed down to Five Points South for dinner. We started out at the J. Clyde, a new restaurant on Cobb Lane where the Back Alley once was. J. Clyde's main attractions are great outdoor dining, live entertainment, and more than 100 beers. We enjoyed a couple of Tucher Hefe Weizen (wheat beers) on tap and the house-made hummus plate. The hummus was good, with a sampling of both regular and a red pepper version, with carrot sticks, celery sticks, asparagus and cherry tomatoes. The "fresh baked pita bread" was a strange duck; instead of soft wedges of pita, as we expected, these were hard, sort of fried but not enough to be crispy, and seasoned. The hummus was served on top of mesclun, which was pretty but hard to get all the hummus and also needed to be picked through a bit more to get rid of the not-so-fresh pieces. We'd go back, but this may be a place where the food is secondary to the atmosphere and the great beer selection.
We ended up eating dinner at the bar at Highlands Bar & Grill, and the food and service were impeccable as always. This time of year, you must go by at least to get some dessert featuring local, seasonal fresh fruits. We enjoyed blueberry cobbler and bing cherry pie, and there was also a peach crostade on the menu.
Not food-related, but we finished up the evening at one of the local dives, Base Camp, enjoying a young all-girl punk rock band called The Scarletts, covering Joan Jett and also performing several of their own enthusiastic creations.