REVIEW: Folk Art, Inman Park, Atlanta
It could not have been a more beautiful Sunday afternoon. Melanie and I were headed in town to watch some football with friends. Melanie had seen Folk Art featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and she wanted us to visit.
There is complimentary valet parking in the lot next to the building. Wisteria, another restaurant we’ve been hearing great things about is actually on the opposite end of the building from Folk Art. Once inside, everything looks very crowded but once we were seated, we were quite comfortable and soon settled into the place. It really reminded me of some of the places that we really liked in Asheville.
Once seated, our server greeted us and we had our drinks right away. We decided to start out with the Fried Housemade Pickles. I thought they were great except the breading kept wanting to drop off. Melanie didn’t care much for the corn meal breading. Her thoughts were that it was too hard, crumbled too easily and she just didn’t like the flavor of the cornmeal. I thought it was different from the average, so that’s normally a plus in my column.
When we were ordering, Melanie asked the server if the breading on the Fried Fish and Shrimp was the same as the breading on the fried pickles and she was told “No, it’s different.”. That was not correct and it heavily impacted Melanie’s meal.
She also ordered the Tomato Basil Soup and when I heard that, I ordered one too. She didn’t care for hers because she thought it was too thick, more like a marinara sauce. I, on the other hand, thought the soup was awesome just the way it was. Bold, hearty and full of flavor – they could’ve served it in a 55-gallon drum and I wouldn’t have been disappointed.
I ordered the Blackened Flounder with Flat-Top Mac & Cheese and Potato Salad. The fish was cooked exactly the way that I like it – flaky and tender, yet still juicy and not dry. The blackening was just the right amount, enough to add a little kick without overwhelming the natural flavors of the fish. The Flat-Top Mac & Cheese held no surprised other than it was tossed on a grill for a few minutes but that in itself made it different. The Potato Salad might have been a bit too creamy for me, but I enjoyed the taste and flavor.
I think this one ended up being a split decision. I have a feeling Melanie would have had a much different feeling going away from Folk Art had she had a different dish without the cornmeal breading. I’m game for going back for breakfast as I absolutely love the feel of this restaurant and how friendly the staff was. Folk Art had a great vibe and I think it’s a very cool spot to gather with friends. Guten appetit.