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Atlanta newcomer- Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge

ted | Aug 19, 200203:24 PM

Visited this restaurant on Saturday night with my wife and parents- apparently it's been open for a week today. No advertising, yet the place was packed. And it's still BYOB, which afforded us the opportunity to take along a bottle of Chilean cabernet that I'd been sitting on for a while.

For being brand new and still in a shakedown mode, they did a very good job.

To start with, we had a fritto misto platter. It included shrimp, calamari, and monkfish, as well as capers and a few fried lemon slices. The batter was light and the seafood underneath was fresh. The fried lemon slices were an interesting touch, but I would've liked at least one fresh one to squeeze over the top. We also started with a wood-grilled peach w/ a balsamic glaze and fried squash blossoms w/ corn relish. The corn relish was the standout, though the blossoms stuffed with Sweet Grass Dairy chevre were very good also. The peach had just the right mix of sweet and carmel flavors between the glaze and grill marks.

For entrees, I had the soft shell crabs, and my wife had the duck breast. The folks had the ribeye and the cedar-planked salmon. All of it was very well done. My crabs had just a bit of bearnaise sauce, and the tarragon in it was just the right touch. The arugula salad balanced the fried crustacea and kept the dish from being too heavy. The duck came with roasted figs, potatoes and was pleasantly pink. I didn't have as much of the steak or fish, but they were well-prepared and seasoned from what I could tell.

We passed on dessert in favor of a trip to wait in the long line at Jake's on Highland.

All in all, a pricey but very well-done meal, at $100 before tip, and BYOB.

Minor quibbles- it's another loud room that needs an acoustic consultant; the waiter served our red in white wine glasses- though I didn't object at the time. All told, a definite thumbs up (yeah for the neighborhood!).

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