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Location: Right off of the street and in the same plaza as Yogli Mogli. Parking is a bit tight and they do not offer much parking space, so I recommend finding a spot on the side of the street and then walking. Atmosphere: My friend and I sat on the patio, which was nice and offered views onto the street. It also has a warm and rustic vibe. When you first walk into the restaurant I was greeted by a very friendly host who asked if we wanted to either sit inside or outside. He then led us to our table which was very clean and simple. The inside of the restaurant features a wall of wine options that you can choose from and also features desserts that I think you can pick up for togo. Murphy’s has a very casual laid back atmosphere that transports you to a Cali winery. Food/Beverages: We ordered the mimosas which were good because how can you really butcher a mimosa (juice & champagne)? I ordered the quinoa squash with the artichokes as an appetizer and a side of their mac and cheese. My lovely friend ordered their special, which was grilled scallops over angel hair pasta and tossed in a pesto sauce. The artichokes were very good because they were grilled and served with a delicious lemon aioli of some sort. I LOVE artichokes and boy, they did this artichoke justice. The quinoa squash was also delicious and perfectly seasoned. Many places usually offer bland vegetable entrees, but Murphy’s seasoned this entree to perfection. It was surprisingly good. The thing that stole my heart was actually the mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese and this was some good ole mac and cheese. I think they used some sort of white cheddar and truffle oil, which complemented the cheese very nicely. I also loved the fact that they used a thicker type of pasta in order to catch every drop of their delicious cheese sauce. If you do not thick that the shape of the pasta affects how a dish tastes, then you my friend need to try their mac and cheese. It was goooooood. My friend’s scallop pesto pasta was also very flavorful, light and filling. The pesto sauce was divine and she raved about the perfection that the scallops were cooked to. Service: Our server was very attentive to us and made sure that we had everything we needed. Overall: Murphy’s is a great place for a unique spin on traditional american food. Everything was seasoned to my liking and I will definitely be back to try some of their other offerings. Parking is a bit of a pain, but a bit of walking is not all that bad. I am surprised that I haven’t heard about this gem in Virginia Highland’s until now.
I recently had the pleasure of dining with friends at Miller Union on a Saturday evening. This was Sat, Oct 30, the night before Halloween when it seemed that all of Atlanta was out-and-about. As we drove into the parking lot, I was grateful to see a valet on hand. A full parking lot is always a good sign at a restaurant, but the thought of negotiating the full lot to find a spot was overwhemling. We were seated immediately in a very cozy dining room just behind the bar. The wait staff was incredibly attentive (considering how busy the restaurant was) and knowlegable. Cocktails were ordered all-around. I have to suggest the cleverly named Miller Thyme cocktail, a gin drink with lemon and a thyme-infused simple syrup - very refreshing. I ordered a seasonal appetizer that was the special that evening, butternut squash with a roasted kale leaf and a shaving of parmesan on a slice of warm sourdough baguette. Unbelievable flavor combination. Of course I sampled everyone else's appetizer and highly recommend the farm egg in celery cream - amazingly rich and creamy. I chose the grilled GA mountain trout with creamed potatoes and a sprinkling of the most fantastic crumbled bacon that I have ever put in my mouth. The trout was very flavorful and beautifully cooked. I also tasted bites of my fellow diners' entrees including, the heritage pork chop and the griddled chicken. These dishes were also full of flavor and served alongside fresh, seasonal braised and roasted vegatables. The table shared 4 desserts: a plum crisp (just the right blend of sweet and tart combined with a crumbly topping), a gluten-free almond buckwheat cake (nice alternative), a terrific apple-pecan cake, and my personal favorite, a fudge brownie with homemade ice cream. Owners Chef Satterfield and Neal McCarthy took the time to stop by our table (and the tables of many other diners) to thank us for choosing Miller Union. Straightforward food prepared with an appreciation and respect for fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. I cannot wait to go back.
I want so much to like Horseradish again. Unfortunately, on my last 2 trips, I've run into the same issues: an absolutely clueless hostess, wait staff spread much too thin, and a new head chef whose descriptive powers are considerably better than either his ingredients or his cooking. The website talks about catering to individual needs, but an email 3 days before my latest visit was never answered and, at the Sunday brunch, a friend and I had to practically beg for the only vegan option because it happened to be on the lunch instead of the brunch menu. It was described as a winter salad of lettuce, apples, cranberries and nuts. It was actually a chunk of not-particularly-fresh iceberg with a few perfunctory apple shavings and dried cranberry-like red things bobbing around in a vinaigrette that managed, somehow, to be gloopy as well as utterly bland. (Seriously, how is it possible to make a full-fat vinaigrette, presumably without xanthan gum, that clings slimily to the fork like wet blue jeans to thunder thighs)? They advertise Sunday brunch from 11 - 3, but by 1.15 the place was deserted and, sadly, I can see why. Since I both live and work fairly nearby, this used to be my go-to restaurant for both clients and out-of-town visitors. Not any more. I'm sure Horseradish will continue to have its devoted fans who go because it's local, cozy and friendly, but unfortunately for me it's no longer worth the prices (still pre-recession, unlike the quality) or the 15-minute drive.
This place was the ultimate experience for out of state visitors. My friends and I are all about the true dining experience. We love chic eateries with amazing decor that put such a big smile on your face when you walk in. I love to feel like I'm in a movie when I am out dining and this place did just that. When you pull up to the establishment you are a little confused because it looks like you just pulled up to a garage shipping dock. Parking wasn't anywhere insight so we paid for valet. Shortly there after we walked into an amazing restaurant that is mouth dropping. It has a very urban New York sophisticated upscale hipster appeal. The bar tender was very well versed in her knowledge of cocktails so we took her suggestions for drinks. The restaurant is very large in size. We decided to sit outside on their amazing patio surrounded by trendy lofts and a beautiful landscape of rich greenery. Their outside dining was absolutely one of the best experiences I have had. The weather was even great in November of 2014. The drinks are a bit pricey as it is upscale dining, but I experience is well worth. We only stayed for drinks as we were just looking for place to kick back and have a few cocktails. I totally recommend this place as a date night restaurant or a girls in the city night out with your with your closest friends. I will definitely visit this place the next time that I am in Atlanta. The service was a plus. This place is definitely an attraction for Atlanta visitors.
����Where do I start? If you are celebrating an event this is not your spot. I made reservations for 6 and received an email saying my reservations were received. I arrive at the restaurant only to wait 15 minutes for the Hostess who was having a intense conversation with another group who were unhappy and then left. I was told there was no record of my reservation and that I was supposed to receive a text confirmation. How was I supposed to know that? After some discussion, the Hostess seated us and told us we would have to give up our table in one hour and 45 minutes to stand because there was no other available seating. Our waitress came with menus and took one drink order only to come back 20 minutes later w/o the one drink. After one person in my party let the waitress know how she felt the waitress bought us a round of drinks. All through the night we saw the Hostess having unpleasant conversations with other groups who appeared dissatisfied. On the up side the food and the DJ were good. WHO MANAGES THIS SPOT?
My husband thinks George's has the best hamburger in town. I love it for the friendly people who own and run the place. The first George I met wasn't a warm and fuzzy person, but his wife Mary was a sweetheart. And George kept the place comfortable for the ladies by keeping a reign on the occasional drunken male - George's baseball bat made sure no-one would get too obnoxious. The service was excellent when George and Mary were still there, and it's just as appealing now. Renee is a sweetheart, and her brother and nephews are carrying on a friendly tradition with a variety of tasty foods. I don't think they have olives and feta cheese on the menu any more - I used to enjoy the taste with my pitcher or 2 of beer, but, time has moved on, I suppose. If you haven't been there since they expanded the space and put in new bathrooms, you may like the convenience. I miss the old cramped restrooms with the silly graffiti on the walls.
Overall I like this place, but on my last 2 visits I was rather disappointed, They have been having 25 cent wings and 2 dollar drinks on Fridays from 3- 8pm. This is an AWESOME deal, however the service during these times are AWFUL!!! When I go when it's packed my service is great, and speedy. However the first 25 cent friday I went I waited 30 minutes to even order a drink! Keep in mind it's paid parking. The next time was somewhat better but I still waited 20 minutes. And neither times has it been a full house, because of the prices I will prob give it another shot on Friday but damnit... I hope I can get a drink within a reasonable time! Oh and if you order wings the Inferno and BBQ are great, I just ask for them to fry them hard. Food and Drinks balance it out making my decision a rating of 3 versus one. I hope to come make a happier update this Friday. I would love to have this comment overidden by the awesome service I hope to recieve this week.
Not sure what some of the negative comments on here about--this place is AWESOME!!! We were A.) Seated quickly B.) It wasn't loud C.) Service was top notch (almost over-the-top pleasant D.) Food came out quick and it was hot, fresh, and freaking delicious. Maybe some people are too hard on new restaurants or quick to create a Yelp account to post their haterness, but I don't get it. We did the chicken tower Sunday night, and, yeah I agree with the manager (?) in the Hawaiian shirt--it WAS some of the best fried chicken we've ever had. The skin was slightly sweet, which we found out later was HONEY DUST--I don't even know what that is (so take that wannabee Yelp-foodies!) The collards were amazing and they don't skimp on the pork in them. And potato crackins'. MMMMM! Basically a french frie/home frie hybrid topped with parm and parsley (I guess the foodies are looking for some truffle oil--pfft!) All in all, a great experience not to be missed!
Now this is what I call Southern cooking! It's Mountain South to be exact. The menu is flawless! The worst of my experience was finding an entree and room for more food. I found most items to be somewhat affordable for its creativity, and there are no ridiculously high a la carte sides. The waitress was attentive and recognized the menu. She was prompt with the greeting, delivering the complimentary biscuits (good but sort of dry) w/ compote & honey (love), and placing the order. The bar is full of unique drafts and craft beers; I was able to sample a few drinks (without judgment) before buying which was pleasing. Fortunately, I didn't wait long to be seated and for my meal. I tasted a number of small plates and an entree, and it was all fresh, hot, and tasty. If you're Southern bred, you know scratch-made when you taste it. My only problem here is being stuck between grandma's Sunday dinner and the Tupelo's supper plates. Decisions, decisions.
The design and location are more interesting than the menu. Frankly, the brunch menu is too snooty for me, and it includes minor Southern delicacies. I started with the pimento cheese; it's savory, and the topped bacon is well incorporated, but it's slightly too smokey. My meal was the griddled biscuit in which was disappointing. The sausage in the biscuit was very spam-like. It had the same look and consistency as cooked spam. The bacon was a hard, thick slice of what tasted like cooking oil. The biscuit was somewhat dry but had a good texture. The good in this conjunction was the fig and cheese had a lot of flavors! The potatoes were well done as well which I prefer. I did not enjoy my cocktail; there was too much grapefruit in my Venetian Spritzer, so it was very sour and unpleasant. The silver lining is the staff is helpful, and the outdoor patio is beautiful! I'd return if a regular menu item is added. I hope waffles is in the near future.