Eatin’ in Atlanta

October 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM 1 comment

Over the last six months, Jeff traveled to Atlanta twice. During each visit he tried a number of interesting restaurants. A quick look at Yelp and Open Table reveled scores of other options. They are cooking some good food in Georgia!

Perhaps the best of the bunch was Miller Union. Located in a beautifully rehabilitated space, a skylight exposed natural light onto the two-story central room wrapped in weathered cabinets, antique kitchenware and a library ladder system. Flanking rooms filled the perimeter with equally interesting atmospheres.

Virtually everything here is made in-house. This may be the first restaurant Jeff has ever visited that makes their own soda! It was impossible to resist the Watermelon-Thyme daily offering and it featured just the right amount of sweet and spice with minimal carbonation. It was the perfect accompaniment to an exciting lunch. To start, Jeff ordered the Pea Hummus, remarkably similar to the chick pea original, it displayed the fresh notes of this summer stunner. Served with house made lavash (Armenian flat bread) it was excellent. Jeff’s business partner ordered the Feta Snack. Jeff tried it and also enjoyed its fresh, bright flavor.

Jeff’s lunch sandwich was an open-face Pear, Bacon, Bleu Cheese delight that also include walnuts and watercress. The sweet pear balanced the zing of the cheese and the saltiness of the house cured bacon. He also tasted a corner of his dining partner’s Short Rib po’ boy and it was equally interesting with an exciting pepper relish and remolade. We split a desert, not because we needed more food, but because the restaurant makes their own ice cream sandwiches! We agreed on a Peach and it may have been the best ice cream sandwich Jeff has had in decades! The waiter noted that the pastry chef arrives each morning and begins the process of making the daily ice cream. Like everything else at Miller Union, you know it is fresh, it’s made in-house!

Roswell, Georgia is located northwest of central Atlanta. Their downtown area is populated with a delightful collection of restaurants and bars that would be the envy of any metropolitan area. The venues were packed with folks on Wednesday night and the general vibe was positive and fun. A block north away from the bustle on Canton Street is Table and Main. Jeff enjoyed a delightful patio dinner with another business associate last trip and would have enjoyed a second visit, but this time, he suggested a new place, just steps away. It was a good decision. This will soon be as crowded.

Vin 25 has a cozy interior with warm woods and comfortable seats. The patio overlooks a rarely traveled lane and cottage architecture buildings. They also feature a large wine list with a ton of interesting choices. We selected a Spanish Verdeho (white with lots of character) that worked with our mixed bag of culinary options. Jeff, who almost never orders fish, had the Cobia served over a bed of grits. Without Michele, he was reluctant to order, but after a few pointed questions learned from Michele, he was ready to take the dive. It was perfect. He also tasted his dinner companion’s Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and it was also magnificent. Prior, they split the daily flat bread, a minced scallop blended with citrus, goat cheese and arugula. While the delicate scallop may have disappeared amongst the cheese and citrus, it was a perfect match for the late summer evening and enjoyable conversation. After a great start, we decide on the “Chef’s Choice” desert, a mix of vanilla panna cotta, chocolate budino and a spiced donut ball. Everything, including the wonderful wait staff was perfect. The walk along Canton Street for a nightcap was equally interesting. This is an exciting place. The bars are electric and the people friendly. You’d move her, if relocation to Atlanta was required!

Jeff enjoyed two additional lunches (no time for dinners! Too busy!) during his trips. Bocado served a delightful Prosciutto, Brie, Arugula sandwich that followed a dense and interesting deviled egg appetizer. Jeff’s lunch partner offered a taste of the Muffaletta and it was equally delicious. The next day, it was burgers at Flip Burger Boutique. The Butcher’s Cut was a perfectly sized and nicely cooked patty topped with excellent Bleu cheese, frisée and caramelized onions. The red wine jam was the right condiment and the sweet potato tater-tots were a great surprise and didn’t need the accompanying blue cheese dressing dipping sauce.

When traveling, it is nice to stumble on a good place to dine. Finding one each day is a treat and certainly makes the prospects of a return visit enticing.

http://www.millerunion.com/site/999 Brady Avenue Atlanta, GA 30318 678-733-8550

http://tableandmain.com/1028 Canton Street Roswell, GA 30075 678-869-5178

http://vin25.com/25 Plum Tree Street Roswell, GA 30075 770-625-0411

http://www.bocadoatlanta.com/887 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30318 404-815-1399

http://flipburgerboutique.com/3655 Roswell Road, Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30342 404-549-3298 (Other location in the general Atlanta area)

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