To say that the Tavern at Atlas Buckhead has become one of my favorite places to hang out in Atlanta would be an understatement. The ambiance is upscale, chic and sexy. You can enjoy cocktails at the bar or sit outside on the patio around the fire.
Atlas is known for its beautiful food with a price tag that may be out of reach for some. But with the launch of the new Tavern menu, you can enjoy the deliciously innovative dishes Atlas is known for, but at a more approachable price tag.
The Tavern at Atlas features a list of hand-crafted cocktails that has sophistication and flavor. The Hazelnut Old Fashioned has Hazelnut Infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, orange, cranberries, lemon juice and a dash of nutmeg. It has more of a fruit flavor than your typical old-fashioned but is still a great drink for men and approachable for women.
The Southern Buck made with American Spirits White Whiskey, ginger beer, lime juice and shaved ice, is refreshing and spicy. This cocktail is going to be ideal for the warmer months.
The menu at the Tavern is ideal for sharing and can be enjoyed as an appetizer before dinner or on its own. Executive Chef Christopher Grossman has created something for everyone as the menu is diverse with both meat, seafood and meat-less dishes.
By now, I’ve visited the Tavern on several occasions and I think I might have a minor obsession with the Atlas sliders. Ground Wagyu beef is topped with warm and creamy gouda-pimento cheese, Tucker Farms green leaf and is sandwiched between two soft, yet lightly toasted brioche buns. Three sliders come with the dish, which makes it enough for sharing. But honestly, why would you? I can eat all three on my own!
We all love truffle fries right? So go ahead and order the triple cooked crispy parmesan thyme fries. The fries are brined, blanched and then flash fried. The process allows for perfectly crispy fries that are then topped with parmesan cheese and served with a black truffle hollandaise.
The star of the menu has to be the petit lobster pot pie. A creamy sauce with Nueske’s smoked bacon, pearl onions and Brandy, is paired with lump lobster meat and is laid on top of a puff pastry. The dish has excellent flavor and reminds me a lot of comfort food. I recommend not sharing this dish because you will want this all to yourself. Trust me!
One of the more interesting and adventurous dishes on the menu are the caramelized veal sweetbreads. Now if you aren’t familiar with sweetbreads, it is organ meat from the thymus gland and pancreas. These sweet breads are fried and caramelized with a honey glaze and served with charred broccoli which had a slight smoky flavor. The texture of the sweetbreads…dare I say…was reminiscent of chicken. LOL!
In the name of blogging, I had to try out a couple of items from the dessert menu. Atlas Pastry Chef Christian Castillo, out did himself with the desserts. Not only are they innovative and beautiful, they taste fantastic. My obsession with all things chocolate led me in the direction of trying the chocolate hazelnut mousse with caramelized white chocolate cremeux, coffee cream and a hazelnut sponge cake. The mousse was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. It was like a solid piece of chocolate with a creamy mousse on the inside with just the faintest hint of coffee flavor.
The Smokey Mountain round was several pieces of smokey creamy goat cheese and candied bacon served with a mildly sweet and tart quince preserve. The sweet, salty and savory flavor combinations was delicious and the portion size was light. I recommend ordering the Vin de Constance sweet wine or the Pedro Ximenez San Emilio Sherry to pair with this dish.
The Tavern opens every day at 4p and is perfect for almost any occasion. See you there!
88 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Located within The St. Regis Atlanta
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo
*My meal at the Tavern at Atlas was complimentary. However, all opinions are my own.