GREEN  First things first.

The unusual name of 35 Degree Brix, that new restaurant in the Acme plaza, is a term related to ice wine, explained Kerry Janke, who owns the restaurant with his wife Amy. A fan of ice wines and a native of Canada, Janke said, "A good ice wine almost tastes like syrup." The menu offers two ice wine cocktails, a martini and an Ice Wine Royale.

35 Degree Brix is obviously a labor of love for the Jankes, Green residents since 2004, who spent three years putting this dream project of theirs together. The place has an ambitious and atmospheric decor that incorporates vibrant stained-glass panels and other colorful glass elements designed by Robert and Wendy Joliet of Studio Arts and Glass.

There are three dining rooms, one containing a long bar and another with an ultra-high ceiling with a chandelier of suspended blue-glass wine bottles. Outside, there's a spacious 32-seat patio with tables shaded by 13-feet-wide umbrellas and several fire pits.

Janke pointed out some of the thoughtful details, including USB ports under the bar, coat hooks on the subtly elevated booths, and lighting that uses Edison and LED bulbs.

The chef is Brooke Kilpatrick, who was sous chef at the West Point Market in Akron.

A friend and I ventured into 38 Degree Brix for late lunch Friday. 

The fried green tomato appetizer ($7.75) was three thick and meaty slices in a crispy crust of panko crumbs and served with a spicy Cajun ailoi that might be more visually effective drizzled atop the tomatoes than on the plate underneath. 

The fried chicken Reuben ($11.75) sounded like an appealing remake of a classic sandwich so we gave it a spin. The Brix-style Reuben starts with toasted pumpernickel bread, then a boneless chicken thigh fried in seasoned panko crumbs. Atop this is sliced corned beef brisket, with creamy cole slaw replacing the traditional sauerkraut, and a whole grain mustard aioli giving an added flavor kick. The sandwich is enormous, and the combination of flavors and textures is superb. I would definitely order this again. The accompanying french fries are twice cooked for crispness.

Our second lunch entree, lobster macaroni and cheese ($13), was luscious. Penne pasta was tossed in a rich bechamel sauce of white cheddar and asiago cheeses, with abundant sweet lobster meat throughout and a crunchy topping of truffled bread crumbs. The meal came with a generous dinner salad that was definitely above average -- fresh mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers and a fine housemade white french dressing.  

Other lunch temptations are low-country crawfish and andouille gumbo ($6.50), a fried green tomato BLT ($9.50), walnut-crusted salmon BLT ($11.75), and mahi mahi tacos ($13), the latter highly recommended by our server Stephanie, who could not have been more attentive, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

A favorite of Janke's is the Canadian-style appetizer called poutine ($8) which is twice-fried french fries and mozzarella cheese curds topped with beef gravy.

My experience at 35 Degree Brix was for lunch. The evening menu is completely different, although some sandwiches are available. These entrees include 14-ounce bone-in New York strip steak ($35), French cut bone-in pork chop ($25), pan-seared Faroe Island salmon ($28), scallops and risotto ($25), fish and chips ($19.50), and vegetable curry pot pie ($18.50). Glasses of wine are $8 to $10, martinis are $10 and a Manhattan is $12. Prime rib is offered Friday and Saturday nights.

There's also a brunch menu, offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, whose menu includes eggs Benedict with home fries ($12), frittata ($9.50), apple cinnamon pancakes ($7.75) and red velvet waffles ($9).