Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Not So Secret Garden - Olmsted

When I was invited to attend a special preview of Olmsted's new brunch menu, I had to google them. The funny thing was, once I looked at a map, I realized I've driven by there dozens of times without even knowing it and I'm guessing you have too. Named after Frederick Law Olmsted, the "father of landscape design", whose work inspired a number of Atlanta neighbors, this restaurant is all about outdoor spaces. When you climb the stairs, you feel like you are leaving Atlanta behind, and even the traffic noise of 14th Street seems to disappear.

Because it was a preview event, they had an excellent DJ spinning tunes and greeted us all with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa as we arrived. They brought each table the Breakfast Meat Sampler - I prefer my bacon to be really crispy, but I thought the cider-brined ham was good, meaty without being too salty and my dad really loved the Berkshire pork sausage.

The servers were just learning the brunch menu, so I didn't ask what the texture was in the zucchini bread, there was a bit of grittiness, possibly wheat germ, but the flavor was nice.

My dad ordered the Wild Mushroom Omelette with gruyere and tarragon. I was a little concerned about the browned edges, but it turned out to be very tender and light with plenty of cheese and mushrooms. The potatoes could have been a little crispier, but that didn't stop me from sneaking 1 or 7 from his plate.

The Yet Another Shrimp and Grits had beautifully cooked Georgia shrimp in a tasso and scallion gravy with shellfish reduction over my favorite taste of the day - sweet corn and white cheddar grits. I have no idea where they found such good corn this early in the year, but it was sweet, tender and fresh and i could quite happily eat a huge bowl of these just on their own.

I can not imagine a lovelier place to sit and enjoy brunch in town, so be sure to give them a try next time you are in the mood.

1180 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA
(404) 443-8431
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00A-3:00P

I was a guest of Olmsted, but all opinions are my own.

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