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Terra Terroir Restaurant Review: Tucked into a strip mall, this unpretentious neighborhood bistro has seen a serious transformation in both concept and food. The addition of Georgia sculptor Ivan Bailey’s splendid iron work introduces floral, vegetal and animal forms to the restaurant’s visual aesthetic. But don’t come for the eye appeal; instead, dine here for the value found in the menu and wine list. In season, look for a very good gazpacho; it might be made with watermelon, but the all-tomato version works well, too. Rough-textured with a slice of cucumber floating on top, it’s a fine starter. Hand-patted burgers on whole-grain buns are just the beginning. The salmon filet is a fine morsel cooked just to medium rare, and the kitchen understands the desired doneness. Salads and soups offer many vegetarian options, including a vegetarian chili. A half roasted chicken with a side salad and two side items is just $16 at dinner ($11 on Mondays at dinner) and $11 at lunch. The signature buffalo meatloaf comes with roasted potatoes; a red pepper coulis tops the hefty slice. This place takes cheese seriously, while a pastry chef crafts notable desserts. The exceptional wine list includes many hard-to-find selections among more familiar ones, with many by the glass. Corkage fee is $15. The private wine room and an expanded outdoor space are the setting for many wine-focused events and dinners.