Recently, a self proclaimed foodie, I'm on the prowl to enlighten my culinary pallet and seek out good eats & wine
In with a nice girl
Last night we made our forth trip to "There", and I think now we can officially proclaim that we love the place.
Slowly but surely, my wife and I are eating our way through the menu, and continue to be blown away by the quality of the food. There is something to be said about a chef driven menu. As the owner (Bill) likes to say, There doesn't have a laminated menu and they are "not corporate"
We have had the smoked pepitas, which are spicy pumpkin seeds, and fair warning, they are addictive. The fried pickles are just plain awesome! House made pickles, bread and butter style, are fried in a vodka-beer tempura that creates a light and tasty coating. They were accompanied by a house made, dill ranch sauce for dipping; excellent! Lets talk trail mix. There's trail mix is without a doubt the best trail mix we've ever had. Smoked almonds, sesame seeds, dried pineapple, assorted nuts, including cashews tossed in a sweet/salty mixture, with bacon! Certainly unique and very delicious.
Just about every time we've been "There", we have had the crab dip. This is no ordinary crab dip. Sweet pieces of jumbo lump crab meat in a manchego cheese sauce with a citrus creme fraiche and a hint of cilantro. The crab dip comes with an ample amount of sliced Holman & Finch toasted baguette. By the way, all the sandwiches and burgers are served on Holman & Finch breads and rolls. For those not in the know, H&F bread is by far, the best in Atlanta. The crab dip is not to be missed. Another must have are There's deviled eggs. These are not the eggs your grandmother made for the family picnic. There's deviled eggs are smoked trout deviled eggs topped with duck proscuitto and pickled shallots. The egg yellows are blended with smoked trout to produce a rich, creamy mixture that is topped with a cone of duck prosciutto and drop of pickled shallots. Simply the best I've ever had. Kudos!
Let's get to the burgers. The bison burger could be the best in Atlanta, and should be in the running for the best in class award. As Bill explained explained, his chef gets several cuts of bison and grinds them in house creating a juicy and very tasty patty. There's bison burger is a double stacked burger on a H&F roll, dressed with sliced avocado, red onion, roasted poblano pepper, white cheddar and a house made, spicy mayo. This thing is so damned good, that I find it hard to look at any of the other great dishes on the menu. Served with your choice of regular house cut fries or the garlic rosemary fries, both are fabulous. For the record, at $11, There's bison burger is not only the best tasting in Atlanta, but the best price as well. If you look at the other quality burger places around town, most have a price point of $10.50 for a single patty, naked burger. Add toppings comparable to There and a side of fries and you are easily at $16-$17, just saying.
My wife's favorite is the mahi-mahi cuban sandwich. A nice filet of fresh mahi spiked with a cumin citrus marinade assembled on H&F ciabota bread with the house pickles with a lightly spiced, garlic mayo and grain mustard pressed panini style. She loves this sandwich they way I love the bison burger. I would be remiss if I didn't mention brussels sprouts, braised in chicken stock with bacon, these little beauties are irresistible!
The bar at There offers up a nice selection of craft brewed beers including locally made Monday Night and Red Hare. Additionally, Craiger, There's barman, has created a very nice specialty cocktail list that include house creations like the Mocha Bucca Tini and the Very Berry Tini along with the wildly popular Moscow Mule served up in the traditional copper mug. The "mule", as Craig explained, was a drink invented to introduce vodka to the USA in the 50's. A nice blend of Russian Standard Vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer. A very refreshing and light drink. My wife is hooked on the Elderflower Collins, Craigs' version of the classic Tom Collins, using St. Germain. Oh, did I mention that There only uses fresh squeezed juices for the cocktails? Another little factor that really sets them part from the rest.
I should mention the over all feel of There. The place has the very hip, cool vibe, reminiscent of one of the cool bistro pubs that you would find in Greenwich Village or the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Definitly unique to Atlanta. Other than the need for a couple of addtional entrees, There is a fun and affordable alternative to the run of the mill bar and restaurant scene in the Brookhaven area. We will be There, often!
This list and article is completely bogus, trying to pick the top burger in a food city like Atlanta is completely subjective to the (alleged) judges. Personally, leaving out places like Burger Joy, The Shed, There Bar just goes to prove my point. I believe a more credible list should go "hood by hood," Best Burger in L5P Vortex, Best Burger Midtown, Highland Tap, Best Burger Brookhaven There Bar, Best Burger West Midtown Bocado ect... I've had the burger at Gen Muir, not bad, but the Bocado burger blows it away (created by same person too), The H&F? Really? It's all circus hype, not that great of a burger at all. Bison burger at There? Hell yes, one of the best. Muss & Turners? Hell yes, one of the best. Kaleidoscope? You better believe it's one of the best. Get the point? There are a lot of excellent burgers in this city, and not necessarily on this list either.
There's bison burger really deserves to be included, it's fantastic!
Saw Shane Devereux deep in conversation with the owner of There in Brookhaven Friday. It sure did sound like something was up over There.
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