Sister restaurants in Midtown Atlanta.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Legacy Restaurant Partners threw a deuce with its first venture into Midtown.
The company, which operates several other restaurants in the Luckie Marietta District, has opened two new restaurants at 1180 Peachtree Street.
The Olmsted is on the main level. With its name, the new 9,500-square-foot combined restaurant and event space pays homage to the memory of Frederick Law Olmsted, known as “the father of landscape design,” who is credited with helping shape modern-day Atlanta. (Atlanta’s Inman Park and Druid Hills are his designs, along with New York’s Central Park and Washington D.C.’s Capitol ground, among others.)
Executive Chef Bernie McDonough serves an executive-style lunch experience with sophisticated service Monday through Friday. On the weekends, Olmsted offers brunch in the garden. In the evenings and on the weekends after brunch, the chic space will remain a private event venue for all occasions. Private events can also take place during lunch hours on the third floor.
The menu offers upscale preparations of American classics.
For starters, try the Southern pimento cheese ($9), made bright orange thanks to the welcome addition of peppadew peppers that add color plus zesty spice. Deviled eggs and candied homemade bacon ($8) are also yummy–which is saying a lot since it has been well documented that I’m no fan of bacon. These strips make a compelling case for reconsidering that stance. They’re dark and crispy while the deviled eggs pack just the perfect amount of spicy heat.
B&B Lobster Roll ($20) comes with big chunks of fresh-picked lobster, lemon mayo, celery and a side of coleslaw. You can choose a second side, such as the black beans and brown rice. But I snagged a French fry off my dining companion’s plate and recommend ordering those slender crispy-yet-tender treats.
Dessert options include a triple fudge brownie and sliced apple and bourbon caramel trifle (both $6).
Linger long enough at lunch and you can head downstairs to Article 14 for cocktails and dinner.
While The Olmsted is open only for lunch, Article 14 serves lunch and dinner during the week (or dinners on Saturdays and Sundays).
For mind-teasing entertainment, try to find all of the various playful interpretations of “Article 14″ while reading the menu. Hints: This restaurant is near the intersection of Peachtree and 14th Streets, the portraits on the back wall showcase prominent local attorneys, and the 14th Amendment clarifies citizenship rights—which you’re invited to exercise, such as by adding various meats to any salad and creating a unique Manhattan.
A large bar helps set the mood, as if to say “Yes, folks might stop here after work in their fancy suits, but it’s time to relax over a delicious adult beverage.” The cocktail list features creative combinations of inviting flavors. The food menu features electic options by Chef Bernie McDonough.
No detail is overlooked. All meats and seafood are cured on site and even the condiments are made fresh from scratch.
Our verdict: The swanky yet relaxed environs, genuinely enthusiastic staffers and upscale lunch, dinner and cocktails offerings warrant frequent visits.
1180 Peachtree St.
1180 Peachtree St.
UPDATE: On Monday, August 12, 2103, Olmsted is transitioning from a restaurant to a full-time event facility. To accommodate diners, the adjacent Article 14 is launching new menus and will offer weekend brunch and Sunday dinner service starting Saturday, August 17.
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