Atmosphere is a necessary part of a great dining experience. Whenever an owner takes as much care with the way a restaurant looks and feels as with recipes and ingredients, you’re in for an out-of-this-world experience. Different cuisines come with different visual expectations — coney dogs in a shiny white diner, brown rice and stir-fry on a hardwood table — but the establishments in this installment of Chow!! take interior decoration and artistic inspiration to symbiotically inspired extremes. What’s the ideal visual setting for a corned beef sandwich? Where does hunger become a great pretext for transcendental eating and ogling? Turn the page, oh, intrepid gastronaut, and discover new universes of tasteful pleasure.
Proof in the pudding
Eph McNally’s deli and decor keep the clientele growing.
Grace is the place
Annam Restaurant Vietnamien is a totality of well-being.
Per tutta la vita
Vince’s Ristorante Italiano keeps the old, savory ways alive.
Lady be (oh so) good
Sweet Georgia Brown turns downtown dining on its head.
Chanoso’s of Windsor has a hip new look and a wildly diverse menu.
George Tysh is the arts editor of Metro Times. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org