Another spot from the original 2006 food list, Floataway Cafe, was our dining destination tonight. After eleven years, we were finally near the right place at dinner time, so I used the Resy app to make a reservation. We headed toward Emory, then down Zonolite road, into an industrial park. Near the dead end, we saw the sign for Floataway Cafe, parked and walked into the courtyard above.
We were seated in one of the cloth partitioned rooms, that was empty when we arrived. Opened by Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison in 1998, you’d never guess it was nearing a twentieth anniversary from the fresh, contemporary appearance. They started us with whole wheat sourdough bread.
The bread was incredibly chewy, with a nice “tang” from the sour dough. For a starter we chose the wood roasted lobster, which was served with a spicy charred tomato vinaigrette.
The meat was removed from the shell, roasted in the wood fired oven and returned to the shell for serving. It was very tender and my dinner mate really enjoyed the greens served with it.
My beloved ordered the funghi pizza, which said it was made with cremini mushrooms and pesto.
The crust was thin, but still chewy, but the mushrooms didn’t resemble creminis, in our eyes. I had a slice of the pizza, sans ‘shrooms, and thought it was solid B+ pizza.
I ordered the hangar steak, also cooked in the wood fired oven, with fingerling potatoes and chimmichurri.
My steak was cooked very well and I enjoyed the potatoes, but there was a huge stretch of time where we didn’t see a server. The eight-top behind us monopolized our server’s time and attention and my water glass sat empty for at least 15 minutes (the last half of our meal). I ended up getting up, finding a pitcher and filling it myself.
The food was good – the service was lacking. I’ve never had that a Star Provisions restaurant. The server was pleasant enough, but she wasn’t attentive. And no one was taking up her slack. The table behind us, liked her a lot, calling her by name, for every course, and a couple of rounds of cocktails. Oh well, we can check it off the list.