Note: Every day for the next month, lead dining writer John Kessler will blog about a restaurant somewhere in metro Atlanta. It might be locally grown or a branch of a big chain, a favorite that deserves all the attention it can get, or a place he’s driven by for the past 15 years without ever venturing inside. Expect some surprises, some finds and advice on how to spend your dining dollars. This is his first report.
It says something about Atlanta’s progress that tourists and conventioneers can walk into a big, obvious restaurant on Peachtree Street downtown and get a good salad. This is what it looks like:
See those furled, crenulated leaves of Little Gem lettuce and those local cherry tomatoes? There are also some slivers of local radish, asparagus and Hakurei turnips to be found, all of it consorting in a bright vinaigrette.
Think about the last time you ordered a salad in a big downtown restaurant on a business trip.