Good Eats | ATL

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B and I hopped over to Atlanta for the weekend just to get away, enjoy good eats and visit a few friends. It was so last minute that the actual weekend plans took place in the car on the drive over. Once we got checked in and freshened up for dinner, we made reservations at JCT Kitchen and dashed upstairs to the rooftop patio for drinks.

:: JCT Kitchen ::

This place was everything. On the Westside and a quick drive from downtown, they keep things real with Southern farm to table and a spark of French epicure. And the warm, rustic vibe of the decor did not disappoint. The staff is also worth noting. They could probably talk us into anything including a giant slice of pie to go!

Apps :: Angry Mussels w/ Grilled Bread | Deviled Eggs

Dinner :: Shrimp & Grits | Wood Grilled Chicken

Drinks :: A – Sancerre | B – Founder’s Centennial IPA

Dessert :: Chocolate Cream Pie drizzled with salted caramel

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:: South City Kitchen ::

We slept in on Saturday so breakfast consisted of splitting a bowl of fruit and a bagel. (Which was fine because I am positive that I gained 5 lbs upon leaving JCT.) B loves a good field trip so we decided to check out the Georgia Aquarium to beat the heat under the sea. Once B had seen enough fish we headed to Midtown for lunch. There’s a lot to choose from in that area but South City’s menu really stood out since we were both craving a sandwich. It has a reputation of being a great spot for celebrity sightings although we didn’t see a soul we knew. But Sanjay Gupta was sitting behind us at JCT so there’s that.

So back to lunch… The menu was amazing and we were both eyeballing the chicken and waffles but neither of us was super hungry. We thought about splitting it but things would have gotten messy real fast. Definitely a must though the next time we’re in town. Aside from a close-up of my cocktail, I didn’t get any snaps here.

Apps :: basket of biscuits & muffins with apple butter

Drinks :: A – Bloody Mary | B – Sweetwater 420 IPA

Lunch :: BLFGT {smoked bacon, fried green tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese & arugula on rye} | house chips

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:: Miller Union ::

After having recently watched Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover: Atlanta we knew Miller Union had to happen. In this episode, Bourdain and Alton Brown discuss farm to table and sample several dishes including this ridiculous farm egg lying atop a pool of celery cream. Ya’ll. This is what dreams are made of. We were lucky enough to share it and a few other small plates along with a sampling of their signature drinks with two of our favorite couples. Also on the Westside and doused in Southern influence, this place was fab.

Apps :: Farm Egg in Celery Cream | Smoked Rabbit Mousse | Field Pea Salad

Drinks :: Miller Thyme | Pimm’s Cup | variety of wines

Dinner :: Pork Loin w/ Grilled Peaches and Arugula | Skirt Steak, Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Okra, Vidalia Onion & Tomato

Dessert :: Peach Tart w/ Chantilly Cream

Another place on the list was Holeman & Finch, famous for their 9pm burger. We were hoping to stop by for brunch but we had heard the wait for a table could be hours. So I talked B into another field trip: Ikea. Ha! We spent the rest of the day wandering around the giant blue box using our best Swedish accents and picking up items for a few small projects we’ve started at home.

A BIG smooch for B for whisking me away for the weekend!

{Images taken by OHM}

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