When I got the opportunity to try GRAIN bar in Midtown, I had no expectations. You think to yourself, “If you’ve been to one bar, you’ve been to them all”. Well I had no clue what I was really in store for with this visit. GRAIN is located on West Peachtree St. about 1 block South of the Renaissance Hotel in the heart of Midtown.
It was a bar I was visiting, so I of course started with a libation. That’s my routine right? Ya’ll already know. As I looked over the menu, the Mr. Jones immediately caught my attention. Made with Four Roses Bourbon, pecan, cacao, honey and lemon I just knew this was going to be good. One of the best touches Kevin the owner added to this, was chilling the martini glass with liquid nitrogen. It was pretty awesome to watch.
This is definitely no ordinary bar. The decor is rustic yet chic and quaint. There are several options for seating whether you are with a small or large crowd and if we are having one of those amazing Spring days, sitting outside having a drink overlooking West Peachtree St. isn’t a bad idea.
I brought Alexis with me :). You’ve seen her face on this blog a million times.
What makes this bar really unique from others I’ve been to, is the small wooden table that sticks out from the side. When I saw this, I thought it was a brilliant idea lol.
So when I mentioned above that I had no real expectations coming to a bar, I was talking about the food lol. I wasn’t necessarily thinking burgers, fries and wings but when Chef Sid started to bring the food out, I was in total and complete shock! The first dish was a tomato and cucumber gazpacho with sherry, olive oil and red pepper. If you’ve never had gazpacho, it is basically a cold soup, which was ideal as it was pretty warm that day. The flavor of the tomato and cucumber was shear perfection and I loved that he added the sherry and olive oil as a finishing touch.
Another great touch is the different plates and bowls used to the serve the food. I loved that everything didn’t match.
Next up was the burrata cheese served with tomatoes, white asparagus and roasted strawberries. Who doesn’t love cheese? Burrata is a soft cheese that I think is pretty mild and it also puts me in the mind frame of mozzarella. This is a great dish if you want something lighter.
These deviled eggs though!!! At the bottom of the egg was a bacon jam which was absolutely divine. I mean…you can never…ever…go wrong with bacon in the mix. Next was the egg mixed with dijon, shallot, capers and sweet pickle topped with salami. By far one of the better deviled eggs I’ve had.
Mid way through dinner, it was time to re-up on the libations so I took a suggestion from owner Kevin and tried the customer favorite the Ampersand. Now when he went through the ingredients and he mentioned soy sauce, I was like, “Hell yeah, let me try that”. I am not the biggest fan of basil and I can’t tell you the last time I had gin, but I really enjoyed this drink. The basil was not overpowering at all and the gin was really smooth.
Next up was the fried green tomatoes with horseradish cream and fermented chili tomato jus. The tomatoes were fried perfectly and I REALLY enjoyed the horseradish cream, which was pretty light tasting. The crawfish was slightly overcooked and to be quite honest I could have done without it. The horseradish cream and the tomato jus worked perfectly together.
Our absolute favorite of the evening was the arugula pesto stuffed in ravioli with a tomato ragu. These ravioli’s are stuffed with arugula tossed in a pesto with parmesan cheese and fried. These were heavenly.
I did not try the flat bread, but I had to catch Chef Sid in action. It’s pretty cool that he puts the finishing touches on his dishes right at the bar.
A chocolate lovers dream is what this dessert is. We cleaned the plate.
GRAIN is exceptional when it comes to taking “bar food” to the next level. I definitely would have never expected for some of these items to be on the menu. I visit restaurants all the time and I can really appreciate when a concept is out of the box.
856 W. Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Parking: Metered street parking
Until next time…happy eating and drinking! xoxo -Milla
*Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. Food and libations were provided by Grain Bar. In no way did this influence my opinions and views, which are 100% honest and derived from my own personal experience.