By Hope S. Philbrick
When a restaurant gets a new chef, it’s an excuse to revisit.
At The Brasserie & Neighborhood Café at Parish, the change is as delicious as gaining a new friend. (Without losing one.)
Executive Chef Stuart Tracy, a native Atlantan, presents love-at-first-bite, crave-worthy fare. He adds his own twist to the menu—his culinary roots in Georgia and South Carolina shift focus from the restaurant’s original Louisiana bent—while maintaining the high quality Parish fans have grown to expect.
A graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C., Tracy’s resume includes stints at Charleston’s Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sienna Restaurant, Charleston Place Hotel and Butcher & Bee. He has received praise from New York Magazine, GQ, Food & Wine, and earned “Best Late Night Menu” and “Best Sandwich” nods. In 2013, he was honored with a “Rising Star Chef Award” by StarChefs.com.
Tracy says that he believes food should be simple, honest, accessible, fun and delicious. At Parish, he delivers on all these stated goals.
Proof first arrives in the form of parmesan-dusted chips. Trust us, these are way better than they should be. Since the same quantity is delivered to each table as a greeting gift, you may want to seriously consider dining solo rather than bringing a date.
Standout entrées include the shrimp sausage bucatini and the Parisian gnocchi with tomato butter. Order either or, if you’re really smart, get both and take leftovers to-go if you must.
Still hungry? We recommend the chicken liver mousse with onion jam, oysters Rockefeller, and pork schnitzel.
From the bar menu, don’t miss the “Inman Park Old Walker,” a layered concoction of vodka, watermelon water, rosemary syrup and lime juice. “All Things Equal” is a yummy blend of gin, cucumber/serrano syrup, vermouth and lime juice that will inspire you to to ditch margaritas forever.
For dessert, you can’t miss with a selection of pastries, whether you make the picks or entrust your friendly server with that pleasure.
The Brasserie & Neighborhood Café at Parish
240 North Highland Ave.
Atlanta GA 30307
Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but in all the times we’ve dined at this restaurant we’ve never seen any youths.
– Photo Credits: chef courtesy Concentrics; remainder © HSP Media LLC
Thanks to Concentrics Restaurants for hosting our recent visit; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.