For a year or so, I've been posting intermittantly about how pleased we are at Woodfire Grill. That hasn't changed a bit--if anything, Woodfire is better than ever this season.
But for once, our local critics have gotten it right: MidCity Cuisine, north of Midtown and south of Buckhead, is another chow-worthy spot.
More of a brasserie than Woodfire, MC nevertheless features great ingredients, a focused hand in the kitchen, no frou-frou on the plate. Also, its a touch cheaper than Woodfire, depending on how you order.
Both feature deep, unconventional wine lists and knowledgable sommeliers.
For chef driven dining, I still tilt more to Woodfire. But for supper, MC is great.
Not to miss are the Grand Antipasto platter with exc Coppa and Proscuitto and fresh mozzarella and some Reggiano Parmesan cut from a wheel of extraordinary quality and freshness, the steak tartare (if that's your speed), the Russ Daughters' Lox, the hanger steak and exc frites, the charcroute. Also, both the mixed green salad and caesar salad with white anchovies are stars. If they have the Hudson Valley duck, get it. The fried squid seemed to have a sweetness to the breading which was strange, but still ok. Even the pizza was commendable, although the cheese slid off--which could either be because it was the good stuff (not the usual low-moisture mozzarella) or the crust was par-cooked. I think the former, because the crust in fact was damn good.
MC features several 3-course prix fixe selections each night, around $20-25, with optional $12 wine flights. What could be better for supper: $35, app, entree and dessert and well chosen wines? Seven of us (all restaurant folk) went a la carte last night in order to taste as much as we could. But on my next visit, I plan to sample one of the prix fixe options with the wine flight.
A great restaurant critic's column would be to compare and contrast both of these places, however, I'll leave that for the local 4th estate lurkers--you know who you are.
(For a blow by blow rundown, below is a link to Atlanta Journal Constitution's John Kessler's review of MC, from just a few months after it opened. Judging by what the seven of us ate and drank, things have really come together since late last spring.)