By Hope S. Philbrick
There’s no excuse to have a mundane lunch in Maritetta, Georgia.
Red Sky Tapas & Bar is now open weekdays for lunch, starting service at 11 a.m.
Since it first opened in 2008, Red Sky Tapas & Bar has become a hotspot for dinner and evening entertainment with its rotating schedule of dueling pianos every Friday and Saturday night and other musical performances on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. On Sundays, the restaurant is open for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is the newest taste endeavor.
At lunch the venue is perhaps quieter, but there’s no compromise on flavor. The eclectic menu features American favorites with international influences. Tapas are sized to share or satisfy a hungry individual; single-serving sized salads, pizzas, sliders, tacos and more are also available. Whatever you order, expect fresh preparations with rich tastes.
Don’t miss the lobster and roasted corn dip. It’s a decadent, addictive starter loaded with lumps of lobster, roasted corn, jalapeños, onions and red peppers that’s served with a tri-color mix of corn chips (yellow, red and black). @21plusTravel Tip: This stuff is so good, order a second round to go. The chef recommends reheating it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until hot, or microwaving it 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until hot.
The bacon and blue salad gives spring mix of greens a savory punch with blue cheese and crispy bacon crumbles drizzled in honey walnut vinaigrette.
Lobster sliders are tender cakes tucked into soft buns topped with lettuce and tomato. Don’t miss the apricot beurre blanc sauce served alongside: “It brings everything together,” says Chef Brian Kennington.
Barbecue beef short rib tacos get some sweetness from caramelized onions and some spiciness from chipotle barbecue sauce to ensure each complex bite is balanced.
Save room for dessert. Chef Kennington says that the recipe for tres leches cake that he uses was passed to him from a chef friend who worked in the kitchen for the president of Nicaragua, and this was that president’s favorite recipe for the famed Latin dessert. Moist and sweet with a touch of dark rum, odds are that after one bite it will be yours, too.
Odds of Encountering Children: Possible (a kid’s menu is available), but especially low at lunch during the school year; on our recent visit we saw no children.
Red Sky Tapas & Bar
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE
Marietta, GA 30068
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