Without a sense of culinary adventure, mankind would never know the magic of marshmallow pies or speckled eggs from speckled hens. Today's Groupon reminds the human tongue of food's inventive potential. For $20, you get $40 worth of carefully conceived recipes and libations at Food 101 on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
Food 101 enters its 10th year under the leadership of Executive Chef Justin Keith, whose passage through the Scottsdale Culinary Institute has inspired a passion for beautifully articulated food creations. Test your cravings against Chef Keith's seasonally-changing dinner menu, which starts with snack-sized portions of Marcona almonds and house-made pickles ($3 each), alongside appetizer rounds of citrus-cured salmon and Sonoma duck prosciutto ($4). James River cherrystone clams with artichoke hearts and Spanish chorizo ($12) and a study of beets, a trio of raw, salt-roasted, and pickled beets in goat cheese, orange oil, and mint ($7) continue the pre-feast. The entree bell sounds to the enticing aromas and tangible tastes of Georgia wild shrimp & grits, a heaping plate complemented by andouille sausage, okra, and caramelized onions in a roasted-tomato gravy ($17), while cylindrically inclined diners can bask in the geometry of the Kobe-beef-brisket burrito with cilantro-lime slaw and queso fresco ($18).
Cooking ingenuity couples with a modern and attractive aesthetic of pale-lime walls and a sweeping arc of booth seats. Intimate and relaxed, the ambience makes all foodies feel welcome as they scour Food 101's sizeable wine selection for their meal's perfect mate and hidden clues to the buried treasure in their backyard sandbox.
This Groupon is not valid on holidays or with daily specials or promotions.
- It's two forks up, way up, for the shrimp and grits. The medium-size shellfish soak amid a cloud of grits spiked with a spicy tomato broth. Slivers of slippery okra add even more regional flair. A fist-size hunk of buttermilk fried chicken is the centerpiece of another dish with obvious local significance. It buddies next to a hill of cushy mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cole slaw bearing long slits of cabbage. – Jon Waterhouse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- We all ordered different things and everyone seemed very happy with their choices. Great wine, friendly staff. Arugala salad, tuna app were fantastic! – Cenizas2, Urbanspoon
- Our waiter, Chris was fantastic and the whole staff were friendly. We would highly recommend this restaurant and we will definately be going back. – Rick716, Citysearch