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First Look: Young Augustine’s

young1A 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.

young2The beer list, however, is quite extensive. Any neighborhood is a better one when you can get a glass of Saison Dupont on draft.

young3This 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.

young4From 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?

10 comments Add your comment

Tim Cailloux

March 24th, 2010
10:19 am

Hi John,

I’d give it a solid B, bolstered by the beer list and the smaller menu that seems to not make any serious mistakes. (And made-in-house pickles. I hate when places treat pickles as a throw-away item.) Having made a few trips, I love the variety of beer and the wait staff.

On my most recent trip (Monday night), I had the totchos (good grub!) and the steak-frites. I love the totchoes, but I found the steak and salad to be a bit salty. Ultimately, both did a great job to complement my beer: the Duvel Green with the spicier totchos, and the malty Smuttynose Old Brown Dog to keep away the chill on a cold rainy spring evening.

Living in Grant Park, I’d much rather walk up the road to Young Augustines than drive out to Leon’s in Decatur for every-day gastropub fare. They do occasionally run out of a beer after I order it, but the mental gymnastics of finding a suitable replacement, with the help of the waitstaff, leads to new and delicious discoveries.


March 24th, 2010
11:49 am

Beer list is great. Beers of note that I’ve seen there include St Bernardus Prior 8, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Left Hand Milk Stout, Sierra Nevada Glissade, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Oskar Blues Pils, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Ommegang Rare Vos, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Sweetwater BSP Quad, Stone Pale Ale, Victory Storm King, Terrapin IBA, Bells 2 Hearted, Founders Dirty Bastard, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Hebrew RIPA, Duvel Green, Delirium Tremens, and Founders Porter.

Young Augustine’s has the same owners and chef as Steinbeck’s, which has consistently good food. The fried brussels and cauliflower with nuoc cham is great. The totchos (tater tot natchos) are slutty.

GP Resident

March 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

It has a nice vibe, like most places in Grant Park. I wish them the best of luck!


March 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

Pork Belly sliders are awesome, pork rillette, brussels sprouts with cauliflower and Wrigley dog all rock! Loving all that beer too.

Support your local brewer

March 24th, 2010
4:55 pm

I would have liked to see more local beers on that list.

John Kessler

March 24th, 2010
5:08 pm

Need me some slutty totchoes…


March 25th, 2010
1:14 am

I’m unfortunately not too excited by most of the local beers except occasional Sweetwater seasonals so I didn’t bother listing many, but besides the Sweetwater bsp and Terrapin IBA I listed I’ve also seen Terrapin Rye and Sweetwater 420.

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lisa klein

July 17th, 2010
3:14 pm

The food is okay, but the service has gone down hill since the opening. It seems as though there should be a manager to complain to if something goes wrong. Well, not at Young Augustine’s.


September 6th, 2010
4:14 am

Just saw this article for the first time. My impression? Too much b.s. I was a regular back when this place was the Standard. The Standard always seemed welcoming and relaxed. Now it’s an uptight, beer snob’s family place. You can’t order a regular beer without getting scoffed at, and the clientele went from people I’d drink with, to people I drink because of. All in all, this place makes me miss the hell out of the old Standard and all that it used to be.