Holeman and Finch - Atlanta
My wife and I enjoyed an early dinner last night at Holeman and Finch in Atlanta, the new "gastropub" concept from Restaurant Eugene's Linton Hopkins. The atmosphere was sophisticated (but not stuffy), the service was prompt and efficient, and the plates that we shared were delicious. As we were in something of a hurry to make it to a concert, we only had a chance to sample three of the offerings: (1) romaine salad with blue cheese and candied bacon, (2) skirt steak with scallion and creamed potatoes, and (3) a pasta carbonara dish. All three were excellent, with the eggy -- is there such a word? -- carbonara being a particular highlight. The menu contained a number of other tempting choices that we just didn't have the time (or the appetite) to taste last night, including sweetbreads, bratwurst with kraut, catfish fingers, a charcuterie plate, and crawfish beignets. I would describe the menu as something of a Southern spin on tapas. None of the plates we saw were particularly large, so the menu offers a good opportunity to sample lots of flavors. Our only quibble last night was that we had to bring our own bottle of wine, as the restaurant's liquor license has not yet issued. (We were told that they should be receiving it any day.) Bonus feature: the restaurant is open until 1:30 a.m., making this a welcome addition to our fair city's rather meager late night dining scene.