At my last trip to Atlanta for Market, I was more than thrilled to get a reservation at Woodfire Grill. The past two times I've been, they haven't had any openings during the time I was in town, so this felt like a "win" to me!
If you're a fan of Top Chef on Bravo, then you might already know who Chef Kevin Gillespie is. I was so intruiged by his dishes while on the show (and I'm not gonna lie, his cute red hair), that I wanted to make it a point to eat his food at some point while in the ATL.
Now, I can say that I have. And it was wonderful (totally met my expectations). I was also glad that I had two, very fun and easy-going girls to go with (because most of my friends aren't as adventurous as I am with food). Since they were the perfect gals to go with, we braved the Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu (sigh... as I remember how delicious it was. All of it.).
Here's the menu from that evening. It was just too good not to share:
Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu (July 16, 2011)
local nectarine with crispy tasso, onion relish and aged sherry
local tomatoes. marinated cucumber.srawak green peppercorns. fried bread. smoked aioli. micro basil.
pan fried north carolina catfish. creamed summer squash. confited tomato vinaigrette.
watermelon pearls. mascarpone. cyprus black lava salt.
wood grilled honey laquered local quail. potato emulsion. oven roasted summer squash. pickled padron peppers.
Fourth course **
wood smoked berkshire pork loin and slow roasted belly. BLT salad. stewed turnip greens. tomato jam. basil powder.
blackberry blueberry pie. blueberry lemon puree. blackberry sbabyon. sour cream ice cream.
While the entire meal was divine, my two favorites were the watermelon taste (I think it was the black lava salt) and the pork belly (which I have never had before but will definitely be ordering again).
Here's to good food and good friends, and may they always surround you!