Short Order 

Inside the new Bogart's on West Cary Street. Plus, reader recommendations on Capriccios, Paradise Diner and Asiana Bistro.

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Return of the Dixon Steele

Anywhere else, old paintings of Groucho Marx and “Casablanca” might seem weirdly outdated. But at Bogart's, the dAcjAÿ vu is intentional; the restaurant's new location at 1903 W. Cary St. is designed to carry on a 40-year Fan tradition, minus the grunge but with many of the original artifacts. From its larger, cleaner quarters, the kitchen serves its classics — the roast beef Dixon Steele, the meat-on-potato pancake Whip McCord, and other generously sized apps and entrees at affordable prices. Best of all, jazz returns to the corner stage, and musicians who've waited out the 230-day renovation are clamoring for bookings. Lunch, dinner and bar daily. 353-9280.

Dear Short Order,

I recently visited a mom and pop type of pizza and Italian food place in the West End that had the best pizza I have ever had in my life! ... and considering my husband and I just got back from our second trip to Italy, that's saying something. … It's called Capriccios, and it is in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center (9127A W. Broad St.).

I guess the real reason that I am sending this is that I love individual family-run restaurants, with good food, rather than the chains. The guy who I assume is the owner was wearing a stretch tank undershirt; around his neck he wore a gold necklace with a crucifix pendant, like he just walked off the set of “Moonstruck.” ... so totally New York Italian ... I loved it! — H.M.

I live close to the Paradise Diner in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, and I find myself eating there often, not because of its proximity, but rather because the food is fresh, delicious and reminiscent of great home-style cooking. Breakfast is served all day, which is great for an evening person like myself who prefers not to take on a huge meal before noon.

The dinner specials are particularly tasty. They are served usually around 5 p.m. 

Indeed, you won't find any profound culinary innovation, but you will get appropriate presentation of the basics with great attention to flavor.
I should also point out that this establishment was the winner of a Hall of Fame Award by Channel 12's Restaurant Report for a recent perfect health inspection.
— David Arrington


You have got to send somebody down Route 60, about 10 minutes south of the new shopping center at 288 to check out the new Asiana Bistro in the South Creek shopping center (1800-C South Creek One). The food not only blows doors off [other sushi places], it is in the middle of a shopping center with a Wendy's and an Advance Auto Parts and a Food Lion and they are making it in a place that has gone through at least three broke restaurants. Yee-Hah! Great lunch take out, fabulous specials and nice dinner atmosphere. The sushi chef owns the place next to his wife's typical China takeout joint. Ask for the American Dream, the mussels or the sushi sandwich with spicy tuna. It just got its ABC license, and its worth a look. You heard it here first. — Suzan Moore

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