Midtown Atlanta bar and eatery launches a revamped food and cocktail menu.
New options include salads, sandwiches, slushies and more.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Atlanta, Georgia, doesn’t really have a Cheers-type bar, it has a whole lot of them. The one where “everybody knows your name” is the one you choose to frequent. Or, like me, you can just hop around to different bars and retain your anonymity.
If I were to choose a bar to frequent, Grain would be on the list. It’s got a casual-yet-sophisticated vibe that comes through the concrete and wood décor, the laid-back attitudes of the staff members, and the quality of food and drinks with quirky names.
Perhaps inspired by Georgia Tourism’s designation of 2017 as the “Year of Georgia Film,” the new menu has named most food and drink items after movies or characters. For example, the Caesar salad is “Mariah Carey’s Voice,” the steak and onion sandwich is “Rocky’s Right Arm,” a smoked ham sandwich with Korean chili-garlic mustard and jalapeno cheddar is “The Steel Magnolia,” and the cheeseburger is “Sir Lancelot’s ‘Castle.’” Not every name has an obvious connection to the item, but so what, it’s all good.
The pimento cheese spread is served with warm pitas and topped with sweet bacon jam. It’s a melt-in-your-mouth starter that you may find yourself reluctant to share.
“Nature’s Viagra” salad combines roasted beets with roasted strawberries, baby arugula, goat cheese and crisp pecans. It’s served cold, which in hot summer months will be ideal.
“Rosco’s Hot Pursuit” is a Southern-fried chicken buttermilk biscuit sandwich with fiery coleslaw and pickled chiles. The spicy heat is tempered by honey for serious yum.
Cocktails really take the spotlight here: After all, the three-column menu devotes two columns to drinks. The creative sips here include signature cocktails, slushies, spiked sodas and other boozy treats. Among the new offerings: “Fatal Attraction” with Jägermeister, Ancho Reyes, Aperol, Mole Bitters; “Duchamp Readymade,” a personal favorite, featuring Bayou Select Rum, lemon juice, fennel syrup, mint, Aperol caviar; “The More You Know” with Dickel rye, Cocchi Americano, lemon juice, cardamom blueberry syrup; and “Orange Jubilee Slushie” with Highwest Bourbon.
The new menu aims for “affordability.” Even the heartier food options are all under $10. Plan ahead and you can really save: Signature sandwiches are available for just $4 every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Grain is a place that will have you saying, “Cheers!”
845 Spring Street
GPS Address: 670 W. Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
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