Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Restaurant Review: Article 14

Article 14 Dining Room

Executive chef Chris Blobaum has updated Article 14’s lunch and dinner menus, showcasing what they call coast-to-coast American cuisine. Featured items include a New England lobster roll, a cowboy rib-eye with potato puree and grilled Vidalia onion rings, steamed clams with SweetWater ale, and a farmers market risotto with poached egg and Parmigiano-Reggiano. New brunch items include cast iron blueberry ricotta pancakes with summer berry butter and maple syrup or the fried chicken with mini honey biscuits, creamed corn and a strawberry smoked paprika marmalade.

We visited on a Sunday evening recently to check out dinner and found it quiet at our new parent dining time of 5:30 pm.

Prosciutto and Peaches appetizer at Article 14

Two appetizer highlights were the okra chips with smoked tomato aioli and grilled local peaches with prosciutto. I'm not a fan of the usual slimy okra preparation, but I found the wonderfully crunchy okra chips oddly addictive. There's just something about the way they crunch but are still light that made it hard to stop eating them. And sweet fruits and prosciutto are a match made in heaven. Usually it's melon that gets the porky treatment, but here peaches worked perfectly.

Okra Chips at Article 14

The farmer's market risotto was a bit of a disappointment. The rice was creamy and the egg was well poached, so it had that going for it. But I found the overall effect kind of bland. The veggies were just kind of there and nothing had a particularly strong flavor. More cheese or seasoning might have made it a bit more exciting. 

Farmer's Market Risotto at Article 14

Fortunately our other dish was a winner. I had just been thinking recently about a heavenly duck confit dish my fabulously talented friend James made for me years ago, so I was thrilled to see it on Article 14's menu not once but twice. We opted for the salad variation over the sliders. The meat was rich and salty in the best possible way. Why don't more people serve duck confit? I could have done with more figs in the otherwise fairly unadorned salad, but the meat was the real star anyway.

For those staying in the nearby hotels or dining out straight from the office, this is a good option, especially if your tired of Southern food. Bonus - they have 2-hour complimentary value, which is nice in the otherwise nightmarish to park in Midtown. A robust drinks menu including even beertails and barrel aged cocktails also makes this a  great after-work drinks spot.

Article 14
1180 Peachtree Street
Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30309

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*Full disclosure: Although my food was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!



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