Thursday, August 26, 2010


To prep for some friends coming over this coming weekend, we hit Cash & Carry and the Liquor Store down on 4th Ave South tonight - and decided to grab dinner while we were out. Orient Express - just a block or so from the liquor store - seemed like the perfect choice.

Unfortunately for my photographing, the lighting inside is dark - but what it ruins in terms of good foodspotting, it makes up for in ambiance. The restaurant is made up of old converted train cars, and the decor is a lively mix of Chinese Dive Bar and Train Museum.

We lucked out and got seated next to a table of ladies celebrating a birthday, and the birthday girl loaded up the jukebox with an awesome mix of tunes ranging from blues to techno, hip-hop to country, and everything in between. We were all dancing in our seats by the end of the night... though maybe the Orient Mai Tais had something to do with that.

If you make it down to Orient Express - and I highly recommend you do - I implore you to check out the South side of the building - where the name of the restaurant is spelled backwards (not printed in reverse - spelled backwards)... and is a good indicator of the experience you'll have inside: a little kooky, but you'll leave smiling.

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