Groovy eats and sips in Atlanta, Georgia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
While researching a review of The Sound Table for 17th South Magazine, I interviewed the chef and restaurateur. The magazine opted not to run these Q&As, which means you grownups get the scoop.
Click the link above to read the review and, spoiler alert, it’s a positive one. Bottom line: “The Sound Table serves high-quality cocktails and food at value prices, accompanied by mood-setting music that ramps up as the night progresses. The casual space has a welcoming vibe.”
Chef Manny Ibarra…on Table
How long has the menu remained the same?
I never change up the whole menu. People really like certain things and if they keep asking for them there’s no reason to change.
What’s your favorite thing on the menu to cook?
The brick chicken. It’s really nice and golden crispy. I love the way it comes out.
What’s your favorite cocktail?
Moscow Mule. It’s refreshing.
Do you dance to the music while you’re working in the kitchen?
Yes, of course! Why not?
Co-Owner Karl Injex…on Sound
How do you decide what music is played?
I draw on my background as a deejay. It is music that I find interesting and stimulating but different than what you hear in a typical mainstream restaurant. You might hear everything from ‘70s Ethiopian funk to ambient electronic music. My focus is on things that you may not be familiar with but maybe I can turn you onto.
Are you always the deejay?
We have a lot of guest deejays invited from different places in the states and internationally. That’s a core aim from the beginning, indicated by the name of the place. We specifically bring in deejays who are very independent-minded.
Does the sound mood change throughout the night?
A distinct change happens around 11 p.m., especially on weekends. It becomes more a nightclub. The lights get dimmer, we move tables around, and the music gets more pronounced. We’re very conscious of the fact that we’re giving them a space to tell their narrative, while at the same time sensitive to keep programming consistent with the mission that we’re on.
The Sound Table
483 Edgewood Ave. SE
-Image courtesy The Sound Table