It's fall again, and that means weekends are much more valuable as The Boyfriend and I are working many hours in all sorts of cities.  Being 1/2 of a couple that involves lots of traveling by both parties can be stressful, but it makes our time together that much sweeter.

After a rushed layover conversation, we decided to try Atmosphere @ 62 this weekend. Fiddleheads (the previous occupant of this space) was one of our favorites, so we were excited to see what Atmosphere had in store.  After I picked The Man Himself up from the airport, we headed straight to the restaurant to fill our hungry stomachs and fill each other in about our weeks.

We walked in and got a small table for two right near the window overlooking Allen, which provided us multitudes of people-watching opportunities throughout the evening.  The interior is quite simple: loft-like ceilings with crimson walls and minimalistic decor.  White table cloths, twinkling candles, and glowing globes of soft light complete the cozy feel of the tiny dining room. Because this place is so small, it is quite noisy.

From the host to our waiter, the staff was quite friendly and welcoming, though they certainly took their time.  Don’t go here in hopes of a quick meal because you won’t get it.  Since we had no other plans for the night, spending a couple hours at dinner was fine by us.

We started with fresh bruschetta – a hefty serving of diced tomato, onion, and basil was piled on top of toasted chiabatta bread and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. This was very good – fresh flavors and high quality crusty bread.

All entrees are here are premised by the choice of either soup or salad - we both chose salads, which were fresh and flavorful (and had very long cucumber strips that we were amused with)…

At last it was entree-time!  Keith chose the strip steak which was topped with sante fe butter and served with garlic mashed potatoes.  He claimed that the steak was “really good” which is a high compliment from Keith who prefers to refer to food as “fine” or “alright”.

I got the baked pork chop which was stuffed with apples, walnuts, and brandy cream sauce.  The pork chop was moist, juicy, and delicious, and the flavor of the stuffing was nice but honestly? It was a bit overstuffed in my opinion.  The strong flavor of the stuffing totally overpowered the meat flavor and I just wasn’t completely sold.

Atmosphere @ 62 is a welcome addition to Allen St.  A friendly and cozy atmosphere with tasty food that is not overly expensive is always a good place to find.  We were glad we chose this restaurant – it was a nice change of pace for us, and we will likely return!


Price: 3/5 
Service: 4/5 
Variety: 3/5 
Atmosphere: 3/5 
Taste: 3/5