Farm to Table Dinners at Parish
May 8, 2009, 7:48 pm
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Parish Food and Goods, located at 240 N Highland Ave, will be hosting special farm-to-table dinners on the first Thursday of each month. I found out about it a little too late, as their first one was yesterday. It featured three courses paired with three wines:

1st Course: Crispy GA Quail Salad – Mary’s Garden local lettuce – cornbread croutons – grilled red onions – GA strawberries – Champagne buttermilk dressing

2nd Course: Surgham Lacquered Duck – Mary’s Garden warm spinach succotash – creole BBQ vinaigrette -green apple slaw

3rd Course: Rhubarb and strawberry shortcake – cracked pepper ice cream


Serpas True Food
March 29, 2009, 11:46 am
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Being new to the Atlanta food scene, I had only read about chef Serpas’ ventures throughout the city, and was very excited about experiencing his flagship restaurant.  I went with a friend that shares my passion for dining out, and we had a great experience.

Serpas True Foods is located in the Old Fourth Ward historic district off Auburn Avenue.  The space is remarkable, featuring exposed brick walls, a huge picture of a cotton blossom, great bar area, and modern furnishings.  With high ceilings and a large window in the front that offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, it feels very open and spacious.

Now…  The food!  The menu is a lot of fun, twists on familiar comfort foods.  Our waiter (Michael, who was great the whole time) informed us that they change the menu daily, keeping a few items the same and changing a few each night.  Very cool.  We decided to start off with the eggplant hush puppies, served with blue cheese and red gravy.  The flavor was awesome.  Besides wanting a few more on the plate (only four for $8), I would have liked to see the hush puppies be a little crunchier on the outside and the blue cheese and red gravy were a little liquidy.  Nevertheless, I would like a few more right now. 


 For our entrees we ordered the boneless short-rib, served with a potato-celery root gratin and the slow-cooked pork shoulder with the mac-and-cheese.  I really don’t have a bad thing to say about any part of either dish.  Both proteins were cooked perfectly, falling apart with effortless jabs of the fork and the sides were delicious.  The presentation was very simple and clean.  


Lastly, for dessert, we ordered the fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  I don’t usually order dessert, as I’m not a big sweets person and I usually like to try as much of the savory stuff as I can get.  This dish was such a disappointment after the great meal we had just finished.  Just think about a slightly improved McDonald’s apple pie, I’ll leave it at that. 

The biggest surprise to me was the lack of customers.  We were there on a Friday night at 7:30 and the place was very far from full.  I know the economy sucks right now, but damn people, we’ve got to get out and support the great restaurants we have here in Atlanta.

Serpas True Foods is located at 659 Auburn Ave, Atlanta.  They are open Tuesday through Sunday at 5:30pm, and have also just begun a Sunday brunch.  Entrees range $15-25.


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