|Photo courtesy of Widespread Organic|
The beer list is solid, with eighteen craft brews on draft and a solid bottle selection to back it up. There's no pretense. When Hopslam-mania overtook one of my other favorite spots, Little 5's The Porter, the hordes packed in hoping to get a taste of the godly nectar before it was tapped out. At the same time, it was on tap at Bookhouse with little-to-no fanfare. Not looking for suds? Plenty of cocktails to choose from as well, like the seriously spicy Wow Bob Wow margarita or the yerba maté tea-infused Audrey Horne.
When it comes to food, Bookhouse has some serious street cred. Former up-and-coming and now established Atlanta chef Julia LeRoy was the first to wear the apron at Bookhouse. Though LeRoy's since moved on and is currently at the about-to-be-reopened Watershed, she set the bar high. Fortunately, current chef William Silbernagel continues to crank out surprisingly sophisticated, high-quality food. A trout dish (yeah, I ordered trout at a bar) I sampled recently was excellent, perfectly cooked, topped with a delicious mustard sauce and served on a bed of English peas and carrots. It blew away my last seafood dinner, at VaHi's Goin' Coastal, yet was less than half the price.
It's easy to miss Bookhouse, sandwiched between a tattoo parlor and a big earthen retaining wall on Ponce, and even easier to underestimate it, but those who make a point of stopping in will leave happy.
736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306