Monday, October 26, 2015

Rathbun's - Inman Park - Atlanta Georgia

You can find Rathbun's at 112 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 in the building across from Krog Street Market. This area of town (right at the Inman Park end of the beltline) is certainly hopping with many new businesses and restaurants, particularly at Krog Street Market. Parking is a bit on the sparse side and thus it may be better to go during the week rather during a weekend. There's valet and two outdoor lots, one behind the Market and the other across the street (but may be a bit muddy as it's mostly gravel). 



I always enjoy going to Krog Street Market, primarily due to Hops City and the fine selection of local craft beer you can get there (I'm talking about the keg-pour and drink station) - I also am quite fond of Gu's Dumplings and am glad he's doing well there. Across the street is the very good Rathbun's restaurant occupying what looks to be an old industrial building. The restaurant features high ceilings with a mix of industrial and polished, loft concrete and mixed-recycled finishes and plenty of rich woods. I loved what they've done to the interior. There's also an exterior patio surrounded by cloth walls for a bit of privacy.







We arrived early on a Friday for an anniversary dinner which coincidentally coincided with the Inman Park Festival. I believe the wait was around 10 minutes while they got our table situated, I recommend reservations. We enjoyed a couple of drinks at the bar and carried them to the table. I had a very good Founders Breakfast Stout on draft that setup the evening quite nicely. I loved the lit bottle-wall and the fantastic lighting treatment - class all the way. The menus provided included both the regular dinner and wine list, plus a short set-menu for the Festival - we decided to try those items. 



If you've never done a fixed-menu before it's fairly interesting. At Bacchanalia you basically have two or maybe three paths to go with the food, each course paired with wine with few options beyond the initial choice. At Rathbun's, for the Inman Park Festival the restaurant chose to go with four items for each of three courses, Appetizers, Entree and Desserts. I sensed that these items were a bit easier to prepare and have moderately equivalent value (either price or cost) while providing a good assortment, all for $25 per person - quite a deal!





For appetizers, we selected:

* Venison & Bacon Meatballs, Blue Cheese Fondue, Picked Herbs - these insanely rich meatballs were delicious with the blue cheese.



* Crispy Gulf Oysters, Tabasco Tartar - these were positively delicious but with only three to the plate slightly small in portion.



We also added a small Caesar salad as we wanted more green veggies with our meal - bread was also served with our salad and it was quite good with two different varieties.




For Entrees, we selected:

* Herb Crusted Haddock, Roasted New Potatoes, Broccoli, Lemon Butter - the haddock was very flavorful and buttery, cooked with a perfection hard to master in this size of fish.



* Allen Brothers 10oz Ribeye, Creamed Spinach - I thought the creamed spinach sounded a bit weird but it worked well with the steak, which was a perfect rare cut. The creamed spinach added a cheesy-like quality that provided some mouth-feel.




For Desserts, we selected:

* Spumoni Gelato Sundae, Waffle Crisp, Crushed Pistachios - anything with ice cream works for me and this was no exception. 



* Warm Pecan Pound Cake, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Bourbon Sauce - as much as I liked the Sundae this was my favorite by far. Great flavors.


We of course also had the most excellent coffee. 



In all, the highlights were the fantastic setting/ambiance, great service and of course the food. I did feel like the evening was a bit rushed and the staff certainly looked to be overworked. When we come back it will be in the middle of the week and during a time where the place isn't so packed. In all an exceptional meal.



-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
Rathbun's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato