The face of the clock determines just what sort of gathering you'll find at La Residence. On Fridays at lunchtime, crepes leave the kitchen stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, from sriracha-spiced shrimp to bananas and chocolate. But as the sky darkens, a more classical air settles over the dining room. The fireplace begins to crackle, and patio lights flicker on above brick flooring. Now, Executive Chef Lemar Farrington and his team begin to prep appetizers of baked brie and warm bruschetta—overtures to an innovative French supper. They fill crispy pot pies with fresh seafood while monitoring pink cuts of filet mignon. Every night finds them experimenting with a different risotto and fish, just as each season heralds a new menu, replete with ingredients from local farms.
Even when dusk has come and gone, the restaurant doesn't sleep. Four nights a week, it becomes a late-night cocktail lounge: Cafe LaRez. Guests sip on mojitos, mint juleps, and French 75s made with gin and champagne. A dance floor beckons to antsy feet, but sitting-room corners and a terrace by Rosemary Street provide space for quieter chats. On some evenings, the restaurant even hosts weddings, amplifying the romance of the occasion with its rose gardens and historical charm.
Legend has it that when The Flying Biscuit Cafe first opened, diners were so enamored with the kitchen's soft, flaky biscuits that they polished off the entire stock before 11 a.m., causing the restaurant to close its doors for the day. Today, the cheerful eatery has expanded to 13 locations across Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida, each one serving an average of 5,000 biscuits per week. Cooks are forever busy in the kitchens, slicing up the fluffy biscuits for breakfast sandwiches and folding farm-fresh and organic ingredients into a variety of American comfort classics. They dole out breakfast dishes all day long, from wood-smoked salmon scrambles to the gooey grits lauded by reporters from The Emory Wheel as "the most delicious cheese grits you’ve ever tasted (or ever will taste)". As the day wears on, the cooks turn their attention to juicy Angus beef burgers and Southern-style dinners such as chicken-fried steak and spicy jambalaya pasta. Committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, they also offer a variety of good-for-you menu items and modifications, whipping up omelets with egg whites, baking biscuits with whole wheat, and serving pancakes with a side of cast-iron kettlebells.
Midtown Olive Press stocks a wall-to-wall assemblage of olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Sample a recommended EVOO and vinegar pairing or concoct your own fresh blend at the full tasting bar, where take-home selections are bottled and corked to order. Hints of green grass, herbs, and robust pepper resonate in the organic picual oil, which, like a boiling egg's final scream, pleasantly harmonizes with the sound of sauce making or sautéing ($10.50–$28.99). Tunisian blood oranges are fused with chetoui and chemlali olives to create an oil that soothes shy seafood and chicken ($11–$29.99). Traditional 18-year balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, couples well with sweet flavors ($10–$26.99), while pomegranate balsamic melds sweet and tangy tastes to distinctly accent lamb and duck ($10–$26.99). Midtown also features imported pastas, sauces, stuffed olives, and EVOO- and balsamic-infused chocolates.
J. Betski's talented chefs, whose kitchen skills have earned praise from Food & Wine, transport tasters to the Old World atop a menu of authentic European fare crafted of locally grown ingredients. Preface a bounteous meal with the roasted-beet salad bearing toasted pumpkin-seed oil and horseradish quark ($5) before diving fork-first into the pan-seared smoked duck breast with orange fennel salad and potato pancakes that double as delicious earmuffs ($20.75). Sample the many meats of the charcuterie plate with pastrami, speck, duck sausage, chicken-liver mousse, and assorted pickles ($11), and indulge in a side of cheesy spaetzle ($4.75). The chocolate-hazelnut torte provides a culinary curtain call, draping palates with the sweet and salty flavors of caramel and crispy bacon ($6.75).
A staple of Hillsborough Street, Two Guys Restaurant fuses tasty American and Italian eats with its deep and varied menu. Instead of dousing drive-thru burgers in tomato sauce, visitors can sample Amer-Italian eats such as broiled chopped sirloin steak ($12.95), eggplant parmigiana ($11.75), lasagna ($12.95), and a shrimp calzone ($10.29). Hunger-addled diners can also opt to feast fangs on sandwiches such as a hot roast beef and gravy sandwich ($7.95) or a Wolfpack Special ($7.95), combining lean steak, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and the unbridled enthusiasm of Alexander Q. Holladay's ghost on a Kaiser roll.