|Photo courtesy of Elder Tree Public House|
Chef Sean Culpepper, formerly of Buckhead's Fado, has put together an impressive menu featuring Irish pub staples--including fish and chips that are already gaining a rep as some of the best in Atlanta--and modern dishes like lamb sliders and a full roster of sandwiches. No Irish bar would be complete without a hangover-busting, heavy-duty breakfast, and the Public House Breakfast does not disappoint, featuring bangers, white and black pudding, fried eggs and cured pork loin.
Regardless of whether the dish is traditional or not, the menu makes clear that there's a chef in the kitchen, with plenty of gourmet touches adorning every dish. The duck-fat fries we started with were definitely a cut above normal fries. Perfectly crisp and served with a fantastic curry dip, they were the kind of irresistible fries you simply cannot stop eating.
|Duck fat fries w/ curry|
|Bangers and mash|
We tried to make room for both the bangers and mash, pictured above, and the Cumberland Pie, a close cousin to the more familiar Shepherd's Pie. Four huge sausages on top of a dollop of potatoes and delicious mashed peas are a steal for $13 - a lot of banger for your buck (ugh!). The Cumberland Pie was perfectly seasoned, with a crispy top above layers of potatoes and savory meat. It was textbook comfort food that will taste even better when the heat of summer passes.
As for the surroundings, Elder Tree doesn't lack for true Irish pub atmosphere. While it doesn't have the patina of a bar centuries--or even decades--old, the pressed-tin ceiling, ample dark wood and dart boards in the back give Elder Tree character. Cozy, high-backed booths ring a huge L-shaped bar blessedly lacking in neon Bud Light signs. The smattering of TVs is just enough for patrons to catch a football match without giving Elder Tree a sports bar feel.
All told, Elder Tree is a great destination for a drink, a meal, or both. Hearty portions, daily specials, live music on weekends, and half-priced apps from 10p-12a on Friday and Saturday make it a great value, too. Especially compared to airfare to Dublin.
The Elder Tree Public House
469 Flat Shoals Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30316