REVIEW: The Pig & The Pearl, Atlantic Station, Midtown Atlanta
In our continuing support for Midtown Restaurant Week, we visited The Pig & The Pearl in Atlantic Station. We’d first learned of The Pig & The Pearl when we had done a review of The Shed at Glenwood and found that they were sister restaurants. We had such a fantastic time at The Shed, we knew The Pig & The Pearl wasn’t going to be far off.
It was later in the evening on a week night when we chose to visit and we were able to walk right in and be seated. I would expect however, that on the weekends this place is hopping and Saturday and Sunday afternoon are particularly busy so plan accordingly.
The idea of barbeque and a raw bar sounded like a strange combination to me, but the name fit together so well and was so representative of the concept, I quickly began to see the light. I mean, this should be heaven for Melanie and I with our strong affection for both food genres, right?
As par for the course with most barbeque places, we almost always order the Brunswick Stew (not pictured). Melanie, the ultimate judge when it comes to Brunswick Stew, LOVED IT! It was thick and meaty and wonderfully delicious. She thought it was some of the best Brunswick Stew she had ever experienced! I found this to be interesting because it was so thick, it was rather untraditional and didn’t include many of the vegetables normally found in a Brunswick Stew. Still, the flavor is what took home the day and therefore we must recommend this as a MUST TRY when you visit The Pig & The Pearl.
We also ordered the Cornbread for starters as well. Normally we are disappointed with cornbread because its so easy to not make this properly and, worse still, to overcook cornbread where it dries out and then loses its flavor. I am pleased to report though, this cornbread would make any true Southerner smile. It’s sweet, moist and a pleasure to enjoy.
There’s many choices on the menu that were off limits for Melanie though because they were just too spicy. I’m a fan of “the heat” so I like to see those things as options, but I think sometimes restaurants get carried away and don’t consider the vast majority of diners who don’t enjoy spicy foods.
Melanie chose her staple meal for barbeque, Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast and Smoked Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. I went with the Smoked Rainbow Trout that comes with Green Chile Grits and a Mushroom & Green Bean Salad.
The Pig & The Pearl is an awesome place to gather with friends or family. The restaurant is large and welcoming and the staff was so friendly. I can see how entertaining here on the weekends would be great fun!
The Pig & The Pearl won my heart when the meal arrived and it was steaming hot! I love, love, LOVE hot food! I really enjoyed the presentation of the Smoked Rainbow Trout dish. The trout, was seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection. Every bite was splendid! The mushroom and green bean salad was surprising good. I think these are Enoki mushrooms but perhaps one of our readers may know for sure. The Green Chile Grits had just the right amount of kick to them and I absolutely LOVED them!
Melanie said her Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast was a fantastic piece of smoke chicken with a bold, smoky flavor. The meat was moist and tender and the breast itself was so large, she couldn’t finish it.
The Smoked Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese is served in a cast iron dish which help maintain its temperature throughout the meal. Melanie wasn’t enthusiastic about the Mustard & Bacon Potato Salad but I think that had more to do with the choice to use dijon mustard, which is one of my favorites. I really didn’t care for it cold, but I took her leftover chicken, mac & cheese and the potato salad to the office the next day and heated it up and it was pretty awesome. I also realized then that’s there’s bits of celery in there too and that may have been another thing she was picking up on that she didn’t like about it. Heated, I enjoyed it much more than cold.
We had a great time at The Pig & The Pearl! The food was great and our service was top-notch! Best of all its in one of our favorite spots on Earth – Atlantic Station! When in Midtown, you simply MUST visit The Pig & The Pearl! Guten appetit!