BREAKING THE BUCKHEAD MOLD
I recently had a refreshing break from this routine at a restaurant in Atlanta called JCT. Kitchen and Bar (said like “Junction” Kitchen and Bar). The restaurant is situated in a former meat packing district which is part of the Westside Urban Market, located in the Western Atlanta suburbs down by the train tracks. JCT Kitchen and Bar has great live music on Fridays and Saturdays, indoor and outdoor seating, and features extraordinary views of the Atlanta skyline up on the roof.
The best thing of all, however, is their food. Their menu is not the standard parade of burgers, wings and things that you get at many local bistros. JCT. blends a French bistro sensibility with the flavors and textures of the old favorites of modern Southern cuisine. Menu items include such things as a wonderful grilled cheese sampler with caramelized onions and wild mushrooms, aged and blue vein cheeses. They also serve an airy “cloud like” potato gnocchi with an intense veal jus and fresh herbs. Another plate consists of wafer thin country ham with fiery mustards, assorted "little pickles", and rustic breads. If you'd like to break the conventional Atlanta Buckhead mold, check out JCTkitchen.com.