What I enjoy about Atlanta is its different neighborhoods that all have its own distinctive feel. Parish Brasserie & Cafe located in Inman Park and right on the Atlanta Belt line, is a neighborhood eatery that has been around for years. The historical Terminal building (which is the last remaining structure from an old pipe factory) the restaurant resides in, has been standing since 1890 and still has some of its original features.
When you walk in, there are tons of original wood and a long bar that stretches the length the restaurant, decorated with red lamps and leather place mats. Towards the back of the restaurant are large windows that provide views of the bustling belt line. Ask to see the picture of what the area once looked like before the homes, condos and retail space reshaped the neighborhood. It’s located to the wall to your left as you come into the restaurant.
The restaurant is two levels of which the top floor hosts the brasserie and downstairs you will find the cafe. The cafe is open all day and has numerous items for grab and go like salads and sandwiches. You can also order other to-go items like bacon and cheese omelets, fig and goat cheese toast and a smoothie acai bowl.
With the location of the restaurant directly on the belt line you have easy access to grab a meal before or after your walk or run.
The menu at Parish is American with some touches Spanish and Middle Eastern flair. Chef Stuart Tracy takes the simplest of dishes and adds bold flavor and texture. After chatting with him for a bit about the menu, I went with some of the more off the beaten path dishes to try flavor combinations I rarely see on menus.
In 2015, I traveled to the Middle East to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and fell in love with dates. As a welcome gesture you will find dates pretty much every where you go in the country. Very seldom do I see dates on a menu in the South, so I took advantage and ordered the roasted dates. They were stuffed with creamy goat cheese and wrapped in serrano ham and laid on a bed of romesco sauce. Dates are mildly sweet and paired well with the tartness of the goat cheese and the saltiness of the serrano ham. Romesco is a red pepper based sauce that has origins from Spain. The delicious mix was the perfect combination of sweet, savory and salty and I recommend pairing this with one of the red wines on Parish’s wine list.
I know so many people who aren’t fans of cauliflower, but I just don’t understand why. Granted, it doesn’t have much flavor on its own unless you add some to it. But that’s what makes for the perfect dish. You’re challenged with taking something plain and stepping it up a notch. Chef Tracy did just that with the crispy cauliflower. The cauliflower is flash fried and topped with a spicy honey sauce and fresh thyme and sat on top of whipped feta cheese.
My favorite dish of the night, was the grilled trout. It was served with farro which is a type of grain. It reminds me a lot of brown rice in texture because once cooked it still has a bit of crunch, but is still soft at the same time. The farro had a mix of butternut squash and broccoli and the entire dish was topped with a flavorful shellfish sauce. The shellfish flavor was pretty mild which was great. This was one of the most flavorful seafood dishes I’ve had in a while. The weather was pretty bad the night that I visited and this dish gave me that warm a cozy feeling on a stormy night.
On the heartier side was the sirloin filet that was served with scallion mashed potatoes, sautéed pea tendrils and topped with a black garlic steak sauce. The sirloin was tender and the mashed potatoes was creamy. The black garlic steak sauce added a nice dark flavor.
Parish is great for a casual night out or even a date night. I also heard brunch was fantastic as well and they are packed every weekend so get there early!
240 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo
*My meal at Parish was complimentary. However, all opinions are my own.