“Fiery American Cooking”
By Hope S. Philbrick
If you think you know a place, and then a new chef takes over, everything can change.
The good news for fans of Two Urban Licks is that new Executive Chef Todd Stein doesn’t mess up what’s worked for eight years. He actually manages to improve upon what was already widely considered to be a good thing.
“I plan to continue what has already been established at TWO while adding my signature style,” he says. “I prefer to keep food approachable by utilizing seasonal ingredients with minimal manipulation.”
A native of Highland Park, Ill., Stein may be new to Atlanta, Ga., but he’s not new to the kitchen: His impressive resume includes stints at kitchens across the nation, including BANK (Minneapolis), David Burke (Las Vegas) MK the restaurant, the Hudson Club, Cibo Matto and The Florentine (Chicago).
A few of the menu’s highlights include Buffalo cucumbers, a vegetarian and lower-fat option than chicken wings that proves equally tasty; watermelon salad, a sweet-meets-spicy match made in heaven that features fresh fruit, fresh mozzarella, almond mint pesto and green chiles; bistro steak, where meat grilled to perfection gets treated to a zing of chimichurri sauce; smoked chicken with herb and lemon seasoning that’s served with New York cheddar mac-n-cheese; and chocolate cake served with a vanilla milk shot.
The unique wine barrel program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The wine wall stands 26 feet tall and holds 72 stainless barrels of wine and features a gravity flow system for pouring. The barrels are displayed in a glass and steel, temperature-controlled tower. In addition to the wine program, infused cocktails hang from the rafters filled with exotic fruits. The food is great, but—trust us—you really don’t want to skip cocktails here.
Since it opened in the fall of 2004, Two Urban Licks has earned many accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List”, Bon Appetit’s “Hot 50 Tables” and one of Rachael Ray’s “favorite restaurants” in the country as told to InStyle Magazine.
Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Thanks to Concentrics Restaurants for hosting our recent visit; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.