A couple of Sundays ago, after working up a bit of an appetite on the Hunger Walk/Run 2010 to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, we stopped in at Young Augustine’s the gastropub-re-do of the Standard on Memorial Drive. (For the record, we ran most of the way, but only to catch up to our group after arriving 30 minutes late.)
I had never been to the Standard, so I can’t comment on the renovation. But this is a cozy spot, with high, step-up booths, a great community table and an inviting bar. The front darts room looks like a good place for a hang.
The food we tried was pretty good — not on par with the Porter Beer Bar or Leon’s Full Service, but along those lines.
The beer list, however, is quite extensive. Any neighborhood is a better one when you can get a glass of Saison Dupont on draft.
This hanger steak came out a pretty bloody medium rare, with the connective tissue that runs through the center of this cut of meat intact. Some from-the-bag fries and a handful of arugula salad completed the plate. With a little work on execution, this would be a dish to put on your mental map.
From the “snacks” part of the menu, I tried this dish of rich grits topped with Benton’s bacon, mushrooms and a fried egg. It hit the spot on a cold day. We also got a bowl of the truffled mac and cheese — a wallpaper-pasty concoction of shells and goo.
Service was attentive, friendly and thoughtful. It’s a welcoming joint, and I predict it’s making neighbors very happy.
Have you been? Did I miss anything good on the menu, or is my B- impression (after only one visit) on the money?