Woodward & Park Brunch

Woodward & Park Brunch

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/19/20
Across from Oakland Cemetery in Grant Park, restaurants, bars, and housing are popping up like wildfire and adding to the appeal of the area.  Joining long standing staple Six Feet Under, Woodward & Park like newbies Full Commission and Firepit, have infiltrated and elevated Grant Park into a must-go destination in Atlanta for both food and site seeing. At Woodward & Park everything from the fabulous cocktails to the amazingly staple breakfast fare to the divine Croque Madame Burger to unique dishes like the Shakshuka and Grits, they have to have one of the best brunches in Atlanta right now. You’ll want to write this down and save it for later. Here we go.
Sipping on a few cocktails with brunch is one of the best ways to start your weekend and depending on what you like, you can either go classic Butterfly cocktail or brunchy Roc N Rec Shooter. Starting with the Butterfly, this one had a ton of sass with a melding of gin, tonic, elderflower, lime, and butterfly pea flower. She’s a floral based cocktail that balances between the sweet and tart of the ingredients. This one we’d argue is a great summer sipper for almost any occasion, not just brunch. On the other hand, the Roc N Rec Shooter is perfect for brunching because it reminds us of breakfast itself. You can just think of it as a PBJ milkshake or even reminiscent of the childhood sandwich with a glass of milk. One part peanut butter whiskey, one part blackberry, and a splash of cream, this drink is nutty, creamy, and sweet.  And since we love unique sips, this one is a must sample on our list.
Two of the brunch dishes we chose turned out to be so dynamic and delicious, we wanted to rave about them. The most unique had to be one that we’d never seen on another brunch menu, the Mediterranean inspired Shakshuka and grits. It has so many flavors and textures with the harissa spices, tender tomatoes, eggs, and grainy yet creamy grits. It’s a plethora of spicy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and ends savory with the runny egg.  One simple, yet amazing bowl, but make sure to mix it up well and get all the ingredients in one bite. Perfect. Something even better than this is imaginable, but we found it, the Croque Madame Burger. Starting with tender and rich meat in the middle and expanding into crunchy and crusty toast and surrounded by tons of cheese and runny egg, this burger wasn’t much to look at really. One bite and you’re in love with the meatiness, richness of the bone marrow, creamy of the cheeses, and savory gooeyness of the egg. It begins with a crunch and ends with so much savor. Our tip is to get the egg all runny and let it sink in a little to the bread. Cannot stop thinking about it!
If you go with more traditional breakfast fare, say the English Muffin Sandwich, you have to get it with the fried chicken! The English muffin made in-house had the right amount of crunch on the outside and warm bread inside! Then, the fried chicken was tender and juicy, while the breading was crispy with a slight spice. You can get it plain or with cheese and eggs. Either way, you’re in for a treat. Why don’t we finishing this off a classic mimosa?
Remember when we said to write this down? If you could have anything at Woodward & Park, what would you have? Next time for us, brisket hash for brunch and at dinner, bone marrow!

Where to Get Deep-Fried Turkey in Charlotte This Thanksgiving

Where to Get Deep-Fried Turkey in Charlotte This Thanksgiving

Options across the city

November 17, 2020

As Thanksgiving doesn’t look so traditional this year for many Charlotte families, a deep-fried turkey purchased from a local spot might be more tempting than ever. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the top restaurants in the area that are offering this option this year. Spots are filling up fast, though, so you better not wait to get that bird booked:

Mert’s Heart & Soul214 N. College St.
Mert’s has a few options : a single fried turkey with gravy for $65; a meal feeding 2-4 with a 1/2 fried turkey, dressing with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread for $75; or a meal feeding 6-10 people with a whole fried turkey, dressing with gravy, mac and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread. Order at the link above.Chicken Box Cafe1331 W. Sugar Creek Rd. The “Thanksgiving Special” at this beloved fried chicken spot runs $79.99 (feeding 8-10 “easily,” they say) with a whole turkey either deep-fried or baked, two pounds of stuffing and gravy, rice and gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Order at the link above.
Nana Morrison’s Soul Food2908 Oak Lake Blvd., Ste. 106This one’s for the bigger groups (or split among more than one household, to maintain the indoor gathering limit). The seasonal special is a full pan that serves 20-24, with baked, fried ($110), or Cajun turkey options. Order on the catering menu at the link above, along with a slew of side and drink options. New South Kitchen & Bar8140 Providence Rd., Ste. 300The to-go Thanksgiving meals include both a deep-fried turkey breast filet that feed 4-6 ($65, with cranberry sauce and gravy) and a deep-fried whole boneless turkey breast for $130, feeding 8-12 with cranberry sauce and gravy. Sides available include sausage and cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collards, sweet potato casserole, and more. Order at the link above.

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Steak 48 Opens in South Park Next Month. Here’s a Look Inside

Steak 48 Opens in South Park Next Month. Here’s a Look Inside

November 17, 2020

Steak 48, an upscale steakhouse with locations in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Houston, opens at Apex SouthPark on December 18. The 11,500-square-foot space has an in-house butcher shop, raw bar, and 6,000 bottle wine vault. Chief Brand Officer Oliver Badgio calls it a “very sexy steakhouse,” with multiple dining rooms, outdoor seating, and six private dining suites with a view of the open kitchen. “It’s an honest kitchen,” he says. “You get dinner and a show here.”

Executive chef Heather King comes from Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, and general manager Chad Tucker was previously at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Steak is the main attraction, but other menu highlights include crispy shrimp deviled eggs, corn crème brule, and a seafood tower. Badgio calls the seafood tower a must-try dish for first-timers, and says the meatballs are unbelievable. “We butcher everything in-house,” he says. “You can get a traditional steak and baked potato, or top it with black truffle Maine lobster.” He says the Charlotte location will also introduce a new signature cocktail called the Botanist.
To allow for social distancing, tables are six feet apart, and unused tables are marked with flowers and candles. The restaurant will open at 50 percent capacity and reservations are required. “Come here to celebrate a special occasion, or come on a Tuesday night,” Badgio says. “It’s approachable and unpretentious, like a newer version of a great American steakhouse.”

Steak 48 is located at 4425 Sharon Road in SouthPark.

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