208 Begins Lunch and Brunch Thursday, October 21

20 Oct

There have been all kinds of changes going on at 208 South Lamar lately.

You’ve no doubt noticed the shiny new blue-tile exterior as you walk past it on the Square, and not too long ago, the owner took measures to minimize the noise level inside (they must have had some insight into this study about how restaurant noise can alter food taste).

One of the best changes is that 208 South Lamar has acquired chef John Stokes, formerly of L&M’s Kitchen and Salumeria, who has been hard at work developing new fall dinner menu items, while 208 chef Nick Babcock has been creating the new lunch and brunch menu that debuts this Thursday, October 21. Lunch/Brunch hours are Thursday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Check out the menus below and be sure to comment here or email foodie@eatingoxford.com if you go for a visit.

P.S. A little birdie told me that 208 may be getting a website soon too…stay tuned.

Oh, and for those who are now wondering whatever happened to owner Dan Latham from L&M, he’s running a successful portable brick oven business in Atlanta (Moto Bene) in which he rolls into farmer’s markets and creates delicious pizzas using produce from the day’s vendors.

Fall dinner menu:

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5 Responses to “208 Begins Lunch and Brunch Thursday, October 21”

  1. Bob October 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Last night was the first time that I had Dinner at 208 in a looooooong time. My chief complaint in the past has been noise level. Sure, the college kids were able to yell and scream at each other across a table to be heard. However, it was impossibly loud for adults to even trade remarks with each other. Adults just sat across the table from each other in mute silence, in self-preservation mode.

    BTW, while I am on the subject, the best example of noise abatement on The Square was in the transformation of L&M Restaurant to Lenore’s. I believe they put fiberglass insulation on the ceiling, and then draped the ceiling, but don’t quote me on that.

    Granted, last night was a Tuesday night, and therefore was not a good barometer on how successful the noise abatement has been at 208. We were able to have a conversation at our table at normal conversation levels and we were not able to hear the conversations at adjacent tables. So I think good progress has been made on the noise issue.

    Next, I think former L&M Chef, John Stokes, has done an exemplary job on Menu development and construction. There were MULTIPLE items in each category – Appetizers, Salads, Small Plates, Large Plates, and even Desserts – that called and beckoned to you like Sirens. The entire menu seduced you, so plan to eat “family style” when you visit, so that you can sample the many Menu selections that are calling your name.

    208’s new Menu is in sharp contrast to SnackBar, as one example. SnackBar’s Menu is large and diverse, but I tend to always order the same items at every visit. This is because many of the selections are too funky and foo-foo. You won’t have this problem at 208.

    At 208, even though it was Tuesday, there was both a fish and a meat Special, and it was hard to even decide between these two Specials. We did opt for one – Duck- which received praise all-around from the table.

    The balance of our Dinner selections on Apps, Salads, Entrees, and Desserts were very good – in the memorable category even. We loved their Arugula Salad and Tiramisu.

    Finally, Service was flawless. We recognized a server who also waits tables at The Ravine – “John” – and he bestowed upon us the same impeccable service that he is known for at The Ravine. I hope I continue to see him at both restaurants.

    I want to recapitulate and reiterate what I said earlier about the Menu development. There will be MULTIPLE selections on the new Menu that will entice your taste buds in the strongest possible way. Kudos to John Stokes for having his finger on the pulse of current taste trends.

    Someone needs to sample the sound pressure level on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night and report back to us posthaste. Otherwise, 208 seems to have everything else under control ! ! !

    Well done Jean & Jerry. You are both from the music and arts world and you have proven that life follows art. C’est Manifique on the new evolved 208!

  2. Amanda October 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    It is no surprise that they are beginning a lunch menu, especially since their dinner service probably hasn’t been doing to well since the numerous changes.
    The last time I was in 208, my husband and I came down from Southaven with a group of friends to enjoy the same experience we had last year. Unfortunately, our dining experience wasn’t that to be favored. We had dinner reservations for eight o’clock. It wasn’t until 9:30 that we were sat, and the whole time the manager was avoiding us at all costs. As we were waiting, we noticed two other large parties in the same boat. We will never be eating at 208 again. I am writing this as a warning to those of you who plan to try the place out- make your reservations early!!

  3. Bob October 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Do we know what the LUNCH & BRUNCH Days and Hours are?
    I’m on Rock & Roll Time and can’t tolerate eating too early in the day, especially on weeekends.

    • eatingoxford October 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

      I heard today that you can partake in brunch during the week as well. Breakfast for lunch anytime–no need to get up early! I’ll have to get back to you on the weekend times.


      • Bob October 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

        The Lunch/Brunch Hours are:
        Thursday through Sunday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

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