By Hope S. Philbrick
Sometimes, you want a hurricane.
Not the destructive storm. The drink.
The New Orleans cocktail so famous it can be recognized by its glass alone may be hard to find in the Atlanta area. Next time you’ve got a hankering for a hurricane—or if you’re long overdue for giving the famous drink a try—head to the new Lagarde in Chamblee, Georgia. This bar makes the classic hurricane even more refreshing by transforming it into a slurry. One sip of this frozen hurricane can blow you away.
Negroni slushes are also available, as are over two dozen craft beers from New Orleans, Atlanta, and other Southern cities, plus an impressive selection of bourbon and bubbly. Adult milkshakes crafted with soft serve ice cream—another frozen drink option—are available whether you prefer to enjoy dessert first or treat yourself after a meal.
Lagarde American Eatery is the creation of Chef Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura, owners of the fantastic il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs.
Lagarde, Chef Jamie Adams’ middle name, pays homage to the chef’s New Orleans-born and -raised parents. Many menu items are based upon Chef Adams’ family recipes, including his mother’s recipes for andouille and shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice, and daube (braised brisket served with crispy onions). A variety of fresh-shucked oysters, barbecue, and po’boy sandwiches (for which Leidenheimer bread arrives daily from New Orleans) are also featured.
“Since I became a chef, I always wanted to open a restaurant that paid respect to the past and future of New Orleans’ multi-cultural cuisine that has had such an impact on my palate and my life,” says Chef Adams in press materials. “It’s such an exciting time to see this life-long dream coming to fruition.”
Ordering a variety of dishes and sharing with your dining companions is encouraged, but plan on getting a cup of gumbo for yourself whatever else is ordered; not only is soup a challenge to share, this version is too good to pass up a spoonful. Also, be sure to order the red beans and rice, however many are dining at your table; it’s listed among the sides, but can be an entrée if dining solo. Fried chicken utilizes thighs for juicier, richer meat and can be served atop a tomato-y sauce or tucked into a sandwich. Dig into barbecue shrimp with clean hands because you’ll want to lick your fingers.
Libby Muldawer is pastry chef at both il Giallo Osteria and Lagarde. Save room for sweet treats like pecan pie, bread pudding, and soft serve ice cream with toppings.
The design of Lagarde is by Atlanta-based Interior Designer Vivien Patrie, owner of Vivien Leigh Interiors. The airy space boasts three walls made entirely of glass. A burgundy and grey color scheme allows a colorful graffiti mural to pop. The mural is by Atlanta’s prolific street artists, Lotus Eaters Club. A funny New Orleans balcony scene features caricatures of Chef Jamie Adams and Leo Moura interacting with personified Louisiana animals. A hand-crafted Warrior Guitar signed by the Chef’s parents, Katie and Eddie, hangs over the open-air kitchen.
The dining room offers a variety of seating options, including high tops and a few booths. The volume in the restaurant, especially on a Friday night, rivals Mardi Gras.
Lagarde American Eatery
5090 Peachtree Blvd.
– Photos courtesy Legarde American Eatery
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