by Neva Laffredo on
disclaimer: i heart kevin gillespie....and his unabashed love of pork. okay. one of my good friends and i have been coordinating our woodfire grill extravaganza for months....and tonight was the night. so. woodfire was cute, nothing spectacular on the inside, drafty in the front area with little tables, and they so need better signage off of cheshire bridge. nevertheless...we started off with champagne cocktails (this was a celebration) that were muy muy muy delicioso. so delicious in fact, that the plan is to recreate this drink for our boxing day celebration. many of the seasonal cocktails sounded good btw. so...we sit down for our five course chef tasting...feeling very top chefish....i'm yapping about my palate, acidity, textures, yadda yadda yadda...doing my best padma lakshmi impersonation. fun times. not gonna detail my every course, other than to say yummy to my tummy. that is my highest praise. the pork belly...super yum and the venison with grits...omg. brussel sprouts have been elevated in my book. my meal tonight made me want to get back in the workforce, simply so i can treat myself to woodfire grill whenever i want. everything was super delish, and to be honest, super small. taste buds say....worth it though. who says you have to leave dinner with your zipper bust open? been there....do that! loved getting two amuse tastings. i have a sick sick sick bread and butter fetish...so the assortment of breads (all in house made) served with some delectable herb butter made me very happy. four different bread selections in that basket honey! still sorta kicking myself that i didn't put the bread basket and butter in my purse, but allegedly, i'm older, more responsible and upstanding...or something like that. why not five stars? it was the staff. can we say zombie in unision? our bar server was dry and our table server...i don't know how to describe it. just a real lack of personality...dry and sorta stilted...maybe it's just pressure to be on point (read ultra serious) for the post top chef surge in business....but the presence of the waitstaff almost sucked some of my exuberance out somehow. not bad service, just the sudden appearance of this somber, stilted person at the head of your table...it was weird. there were a couple people that brought things out that had some passion, zest, etc...but for the most part, it was like having a nervous funeral director deposit your meals. still...i'm a fan. my mom goes here about once a month, solo....and she raves about how nice they are to her....and that touches my heart. if they had a half star option...this is where i would add it. oh. desert was not the highlight, my bread pudding lacked the custardy richness that is so bread pudding...it was more like a poorly textured cupcake. meh. the chocolate crepes were better, but this was definitely the course where there were actually some scraps left on the plate. (luckily i had an orange dream star waiting on me at home). the regular menu has some banana dish with carmelized bacon that i am DYING to try...gotta check that out on the next trip.
by Wendi Hauch on
The Good: :: their drinks. their greyhounds are really good, as are their apple martinis :: indoor and outdoor seating :: very interesting, unique decor :: when it gets cold out, they offer heat lamps and blankets. nice touch!!! :: they now serve food at their restaurant section adjacent to the bar :: the pizza is good! not amazing but definitely good :: the buffalo wings are good and tasty :: reliable salads :: pet-friendly outside :: during SXSW, they have bands come and perform outside. bonus!!! :: good happy hour prices The Bad: :: they close at midnight. wish they stayed open til 2am :( :( :( BOOOOOOOOOOOOO :: sometimes they make their drinks way too strong and thus their drinks are inconsistent. :: their margueritas are a little bit too sweet. too much mix in there, me thinks. The Ugly: :: none. Would I go back? Definitely. One of my favorite places to hang out with friends with adult beverages in hand. This place is IN.
by leigh s. on
Saturday night I had the best sushi experience thus far in my 25 years of living on this planet. Haya Kawa is none-the-less Atlanta's hidden sushi gem. I went with the bf, and our good friend Ian. The sake flowed, and we stuffed ourselves silly. We all ordered the 50 dollar chef's course. I recommend doing this on your first visit. There's also a 65 dollar course for those who want the absolute top shelf when it comes to the fish, but we opted for the 50 as it was our first visit, and we just wanted to see what the hype was all about. The meal was 7 courses of deliciousness chosen by the chef himself and brought out one after another after another after another.....oh happiness. Apparently the chef, formerly of MF Sushi, flies his fish in fresh from Japan, and it's evident upon each bite. The salmon is so creamy is almost melts in your mouth. The octopus isn't rubbery. It's crunchy. The garnishes only add to the overall experience, and everything melds together beautifully for your eyes and your stomach. Bottom line, I ate everything. We all did. And not one of us had one complaint. Our only thought was, ok, when are we coming back, and who are we bringing with us. Yum yum yum. Overall: If you want sushi in Atlanta, eat it here. Period.