Eat in Atlanta — 30 September 2013
Contemporary American

By Hope S. Philbrick

When owners of a winery in N.C. decided to host a movie night this summer, they surveyed their regular customers to find out what sorts of movies most appealed to them. The answer: black and white classics. (The movie series was so popular in its debut year it will be expanded next summer.)

Simple can be comfortable.

While there’s an undeniable thrill in complex and spectacular, sometimes it’s just too much.

After all, Dorothy wants to return to black-and-white Kansas after a few hours in full-color Oz. There’s no place like home.

The colorful Inc. Street Food and its vibrant international menu have been transformed into Opulent, a black and white space where traditional American fare is on the menu.

The food at Opulent is straightforward, competent and comforting in its simplicity.

And yet it still manages to impress.

In this case, “simple” does not mean “I could just as easily make this at home.” No. Preparations are more upscale than what you’d likely encounter at even the swankiest dinner party. While the approachable menu serves up familiar options like roast chicken, grilled steak and pan-seared fish, the chefs’ skill and ingredient quality shines through. Dishes are streamlined, unencumbered yet flavorful. Flavors are as advertised: A lemon sauce tastes like lemon, not lemon layered with dozens of other flavors and nuances.

Which is lovely. Because sometimes it gets exhausting for even the most adventuresome palate to analyze and deconstruct each bite.

Come here when you want delicious without a side of showmanship.

rocket salad at Opulentgoat cheese stuffed chicken at Opulentdessert at Opulent

 

 

 

 

 

More Information…

Opulent
948 Canton St.
Roswell, GA
770-998-3114
Opulent on Urbanspoon

-Photos © HSP Media LLC

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s reviewed restaurants for several Atlanta-based newspapers and magazines for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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