Local 127

It was completely fortuitous: a coworker and I were completely sick of eating lunch at the same 5 places within quick walking distance of our office. As we strolled up 4th Street, I noticed that Local 127 had paper menus in a folder outside, and there was a sign saying that they were now open for lunch.

What we didn't know was that it was their first day of being open for lunch.

After we ordered, we were given free mini cups of soup-- their white bean and bacon, which was fantastic. Creamier than I'm used to, and that was a good thing. The bacon was crisp-ay.

Then our main courses arrived-- I, of course, forgot to take a picture because I was too busy shoving my face into my grass-fed, perfectly-medium burger. No complaints there.

Afterward, though we hadn't ordered dessert, we were again gifted with free tiny samples. Their chocolate pudding was perfect-- not too sweet. I wish desserts actually came in that tiny portion size-- enough to enjoy the sweet sugary-ness, but not enough to seriously regret later.

And then, THEN, our bill came with warm chocolate chip cookies. Warm, I tell you! They assured us that it will be a regular part of the lunch experience, and not just a first-day thing like the soup and pudding.

The prices were nice (for a classier business lunch than usual), the waitstaff was overly attentive (I hope that will calm down a bit after the novelty wears off), the food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice. I'll definitely be there again.

Hm, the UrbanSpoon rating is pretty darn low. Maybe the dinner experience doesn't live up to the casual lunch fare?

Local 127's website: http://www.mylocal127.com/

Local 127  on Urbanspoon


Krystan said...

Full disclosure: One of my clients is another restaurant in the downtown area. We headed over there today to "check out the competition" even though they really aren't competition. I got the burger, too, and it was pretty damn good. I was in love with the bun. I'm not a big fan of beans, but that bean soup was pretty fricken' fantastic, just like you said. Nice and creamy, and it's hard to screw up crispy bacon and shallots. My cohort had the house salad with creamy garlic dressing and chicken. It was a little bit pricey, but that's to be expected at a place like that.

Overall, a really good lunch spot. The only thing I can even think for them to improve is the time - we were there for an hour, and sometimes people are in a little bit of a hurry during lunch. Our wait staff wasn't overly attentive with us - just enough to keep my water full.

Krystan said...

I should also clarify - they aren't competition because they are a different type of restaurant and my client's is more of a casual place. Didn't want to make it sound like I was disparaging them in any way!

5chw4r7z said...

I can explain the low Urbanspoon rating.
Everyone has an axe to grind with the owner who had an ugly split with Jean-Robert.
I for one love Local 127 and I don't care who the owner is.
But I do agree with you on the wait staff, I wish they'd dial it back a hair.

redrabbit said...

Sounds like you guys agree then, though I envy your waiter experience. Better too attentive than not attentive enough, but still. Was trying to have a business lunch, which is hard when someone is interrupting every other sentence to say "how isssss everything?"

It's great. Back off. I'll give you The Eyes if I need you.

Courtney said...

I really liked Local 127, too. Funny you forgot to take a picture of the burger... I do that often. Sometimes, I'm just so hungry! Haha...

redrabbit said...

I did it again today when I was at Greenup Cafe!

JR said...

I thought you didn't like bacon?!

redrabbit said...

I don't!! There was not much of it and I would have felt dumb picking it out. I'm not ALLERGIC, I just don't like it.

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