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Was in Atlanta recently and had to check it out. Location is fine. As expected, parking is limited but valet is available. It was pretty chilly in Atlanta and, likely as a result, the restaurant was a little chilly. Not a huge place and much more reasonably priced than volt. The place was only about half full. Maybe it was the season but my take was the novelty wore off more quickly.
We started with the oysters and pearls. In fairness to the chef, I'm not a huge raw oyster fan but I ordered it because it is one of the signature dishes. It didn't change my opinion but I'm sure there are folks that would love it.
Next we had sweetbreads with parmesan and buffalo mozzarella and chips. That was the description. It appeared to be 2 mini sweetbread parmesan hoagies. It was fine though the bread was overdone and too dominant. The chips, while tasty, were simply out of place. They were set aside from the dish and did nothing to compliment it. Strange.
The juicy lucy was Blais's take on a Wisconsin invention. It was, by far, the best thing I ate the and it was quite good. It was short rib and braised beef blended, I believe. The cheese is put in the middle prior to cooking. It was sweet and delicious. The "triple cooked fries" were your basic steak fries -- nothing to get excited about.
My bride had some kind of strip steak, which was solid. She loved the carrots and plantains that accompanied it.
The wine list was very good with solid selection. I enjoyed the way he set it up.
The beer list left something to be desired. I think Blais was trying to cover a wide variety in his limited selection. I think he missed his goal.
Would I go again? I think so. The menu changes daily and I'd hope to hit it on a date that might be friendlier to my tastes. Would I go out of the way to go here. Not so much.
Unfortunately for Blais, I think I have such a high opinion of him from that show that I unrealistically expected to be blown away.
Also, the bourbon pours at the restaurants I ate at down there was consistently poor. Bourbon on the rocks gets you a shot. Made me long for my return to Maryland. Blais was also limited on his bourbon selection. I'm fine with buffalo trace but get a little variety.
Parlay, pack up your knives and go.
“Route 1, where everybody meets.” ~Nick Faust #5
Old man yelps at things?
Parlay and blaise in the same building? The concentration of douchiness must have caused a disturbance in the force in ATL.
I'm surprised it's cheaper than Volt.
Different style of place.
I'm an asshole, not a douchebag. Know the difference.
I get that it's a different kind of place, I am just surprised that it is. The POS website they have is not helping me get to the bottom of it either.
Yeah, I think the best and the brightest designed the site. It's a more casual joint and has potential. Word is that he's there often but we didn't get there until 9 on a Thurday night. I didn't expect him to be there and he wasn't.
I live in Atlanta and swung by this summer with my wife to try it out. I've gone to his burger place here (Flip) 3 or 4 times and its very solid. My wife and I thought Spence was solid too. The food was really good but the clientele was poser-central. It was packed when we went but it was a really nice night maybe a month or so after it opened.
Blaise was there the night I went. And I've seen him at Flip too.
If you're a Top Chef fan in Atlanta, Kevin Gillespie's restaurant (Woodfire Grill) is better. Hugh Atchison's (Empire State South) is meh. Atchison's one in Athens (name escapes me now) is better.
Just want to say if you are talking top chef restaurants.....The Girl and The Goat in Chicago is really good.
The worst name ever for a restaurant.....Concrete Blonde. I get angry every time Jen Carroll says it. Its no wonder she can't find backers.
Forgot about Kevin dammit. I think I would really enjoy his style. Bummer. We hit aria in bulkhead the other night we were there. Definitely more high end than the spence. Meal was solid but I won't be back. $17 for the smallest Blantons on the rocks I have ever gotten (so small that my wife who refuses to ever make a negative comment about food or service said "you have to say something") and the waiter adding 2 drinks to our check and then claiming they were add ons from the bar (my wife and I didn't wait for a table, nor did we have drinks when we arrived for him to take our order and she drank wine all night while I drank bourbon, then beer --- the add ons were for a grey goose cosmo and a grey goose martini) made sure that was our 1 and only stop at Aria.
i gladly pay for a good meal, and gladly pay for a drink....but if you are charging you better pour a legit pour. Was at Townhouse NYE, and we got there a few minutes early. Table was not ready (not their fault), but they told my wife and I to sit and bar and grab a drink on them. Ended up having 2 (thinking i would pay my 2nd) and they took care of it. They made plenty on us that night, but the point is that you are paying for service and product, you should get both.
Food is important, but so many places ruin it with bad service and a bad bar.
It was an upscale place. If they want to charge $17 for a top shelf bourbon, no problem but if I have to question whether it's even a shot and if my bride, who doesn't drink liquor straight, notices it's an awful pour, there is an issue. When the comment was made to the waiter that I was switching to beer because of the pour and his response is to shrug and say sorry, that joint doesn't deserve my business.
never forget a few years ago at a bar a few blocks from my apt......guy in NYC from Kentucky for work is sitting next to me and orders a Manhattan . The regular bartender at this place is quite a fine looking lady, so he winks at her hands her a 20 and says..keep the change. She then said, sorry sir it is 22 dollars!
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