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Oh, Monday! Is it just me or do Mondays always seem the same?

Last week, we went to Woodfire Grill, home of Top Chef contestant, Kevin. To be honest, I saw the first episode or two of Top Chef and noticed that there were a bunch of chefs from Atlanta, but it wasn’t until Jenna mentioned that she met Kevin that I added Woodfire Grill to my list of “restaurants to try.”

We headed over for dinner the night before Thanksgiving. The restaurant isn’t in the most desirable location- let’s just say that the area makes me nervous because of the amount of “clubs” that Josh Duhamel apparently likes to frequent.

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When I saw Kevin, I had an “I know him!” moment… clearly, I don’t know him. I’ve just seen him on Jenna’s blog a lot lately. He was nice as can be, and boy, is he a GREAT chef!

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I started with a peach blossom- prairie organic vodka, elderflower, peach bitters, fresh lime juice, soda.

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The server brought out a delicious amuse bouche to start- it was some sort of marinated pink lady apple with blue cheese drizzle and a little bite of crunch on top.

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We started with the winter endive salad- windsor blue cheese, seckle pears, parsley, micro herbs, tabasco-maple dressing.

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The dressing was so unique- it added such a nice punch to the salad!

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We also ordered a side of the roasted delicata squash- indian curry, madeira soaked raisins, cilantro. The aroma was unbelievable- I really believe that taste is influenced by our sense of smell, and this was truly a work of art. I can’t even fathom coming up with a combination as delicious as this…

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For dinner, I ordered the heirloom carolina gold rice risotto- carmelized apples, sweet potatoes, sage, madeira butter, argon oil.

My first thought was, “oh my gosh, this is so small,” but it really was the perfect size. I savored it and it reminded me of how much I LOVE seasonally-influenced menus.

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Tobey ordered the wood grilled berkshire pork loin- confit shallot, cherry gastrique, braised fingerlings, wilted arugula. I tasted some and coming from someone who rarely eats meat, this was tasty!

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There was no way that we were walking out of there without trying dessert… the food was way too impressive to skip the sweets!

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We tried the banana cake, brown sugar bacon buttercream, fried banana ice cream, salted caramel, banana chips. My favorite!

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We also had the honey roasted pear, carrot cake, golden raisin verjus, honey cream cheese, candied carrot. The candied carrot strings were really cool!

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Everything was so fresh & flavorful. I think that Woodfire Grill might have to join Rathbun’s and Sotto Sotto in my top 3 restaurants in Atlanta. 🙂

Have you tried a new restaurant lately? Do you have a favorite restaurant?

-Laura

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