Friday, July 24, 2015

Cafe Intermezzo - Park Place at Perimeter Mall

You can find this location of Cafe Intermezzo at 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30346, the Park Place shopping center across from the Perimeter Mall. Other restaurants in the same mall include the very good tapas at Eclipse di Luna (across the courtyard), steaks at McKendrick's, Sage Woodfire Grill and of course Alon's Bakery.






The location on Peachtree was one of my favorite hangouts when I first came to Atlanta in the late 80's - it was always good for an after dinner nightcap, perhaps a dessert and/or a cup of espresso or cappuccino. I discovered this location while working as a chef at the now defunct Mi Spia which originally was a few doors down in Park Place. Intermezzo was always there to provide a different experience from the places where I worked, and since it was so close I would frequent the bar after work or stop in for coffee before.







Intermezzo is about as close to a real international cafe and bistro as you will find in Atlanta - the interior is lavish with wood and chandeliers, the dining area lush and the bar expansive. The place reeks of old-world-charm and is simply perfect for a late rendezvous or tête-à-tête.  The patio seating is large and well defined. This place also has a phenomenal adult drink list and expert bartenders and I still haven't gotten to the desserts.They also serve a good brunch and have an expansive lunch menu.




But really, you need to experience Cafe Intermezzo for the desserts. The assortment and styles of classic cakes, tarts, cheesecakes and pies is truly astounding. Combine any of these with the great coffee or fine cocktail and you have a winning combination. I don't have any favorites - actually I'm trying to cut down a bit - but I did order a double cappuccino the last time I visited. Service in general is very good - seating can be a bit of a bear, especially early evenings and if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Otherwise the service here is very good.






Oh, and did I mention they have a tardis out front? Whovians rejoice!



-- John

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