Today, I met my good friend and fellow agent Alan Kirkpatrick for lunch. It wasn't hard for me to decide where to get together. My first choice was Down the Alley Bistro on the square in Georgetown.
Located at the corner of 8th Street and Austin Avenue (on the SE corner - facing the courthouse), the Bistro has become one of my new favorite places for a casual lunch in that area. The physical address is 118 W. 8th Street, #101.
Alan had the tomato bisque soup, which he described as "terrific", and I had the Tuscan turkey panini, which has provolone cheese, fresh spinach, and a pesto which is delicious. Let me preface my next statement by explaining that I have never considered myself to be a "foodie", nor do I usually rave about good meals. Today's sandwich was likely the best one I have had this year!
They have a nice variety on the lunch menu, including a few other paninis (Italian grinder, pepperoni, etc.), soups, salads, and some light desserts. The primary drinks are various teas and water, and you serve yourself with an ice scoop in the large wooden-covered cooler.
There is seating both downstairs and up in the loft area overlooking the main part of the restaurant. The building is very old, and the layout is somewhat reminiscent of a saloon. There is a quirky gift shop located in the front half of the space if you enter from 8th Street.
Perhaps most importantly, the owner, Ralph, always seems to have a smile on his face and a ready handshake. He is truly friendly.
I have been to the Bistro four times, and I have never had any food that was less than superb. One thing I really like is the fact that I get enough food, but I don't feel sluggish or overstuffed.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend Down the Alley Bistro. I have had some meetings with clients there to review paperwork, and I have met our pastor a couple of times. I have never felt rushed by the staff, which is refreshing.
This great place is also open at breakfast time, so I would imagine that it's a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Give it a shot sometime - you will NOT be disappointed. Great place!