REVIEW: Mystic Grill, Covington, Newton
On the same town square the TV series Heat of the Night was filmed, lies the Mystic Grill which was featured in the television show Vampire Diaries. While vampires no longer lurk in Covington, the food is bloody good and is one of the best restaurants we’ve ever visited OTP.
It was a misty, creepy night when we arrived at Mystic Grill. I am rarely so optimistic simply from a web visit but I thought their website is dynamite. We learned about them from a TV ad that’s something similar to this video I found on Newton Federal’s Facebook page. Yes, it’s sometimes crazy how restaurants seem to pop into our minds but I liked the way Mystic Grill looked like on the video and wanted to check them out.
When we pulled up, Laurie mentioned that she had been there before with other family members and commented on how good it was. I was unable to locate parking on the square (that’s a good sign to me) so I dropped the girls off and parked around back. When I got into the restaurant, I found Melanie and Laurie already seated. We met our server and soon has refreshments. The staff was very friendly and took the extra time that we always need because of our many menu questions that we enjoy peppering the staff with.
Once Laurie’s eyes locked on the Pimento Cheese appetizer, the decision had been made about our starter. But before our appetizer could be served, the bread service arrived. I’m not sure whether we’re just on a crazy bread service streak but I hope it continues. The bread was warm, the butter was soft and creamy and it was a delicious beginning to our meal.
The Pimento Cheese arrived soon after and we were surprised by the homemade Lavosh. Ever since our visit with Angie Tillman at Phickles, we’ve been on a pimento cheese craze. The appetizer was tasty and we loved the lavosh because this is so rare and it made it such a treat. If you haven’t had lavosh before, it’s kind of like a pita bread cracker. It’s thick and perfect for the heavy pimento cheese.
Laurie ordered the Country Captain Chicken that is baked chicken quarters served over white rice in a curry broth with smoked bacon, carrots, onions and peppers. It’s topped with raisins and shaved almonds. It’s to die for . The chicken is so juicy, it’s really incredible. The vegetables mixed with the chicken and curry broth really sets it off.
Melanie went for the Fried Chicken and got the Buttermilk Mash (mashed potatoes) and Bacon-Braised Greens. She thought the fried chicken was wonderful and particularly enjoyed the way everything was seasoned and didn’t require any additional. We then had a discussion on how much better food tastes when the seasonings are cooked into the dish. Merely topping food off with salt and pepper is such a poor substitute for properly seasoned food.
I went for something completely off of my normal radar and ordered the Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop with the Buttermilk Mash and Grilled Asparagus. I seldom eat pork other than barbecue, but this was fantastic. You could really taste the bourbon in the glaze and it was such a delight in contrast to the meat. As Melanie had commented, the flavor of the seasoning cooked into the meal was just captivating.
Readers, culinary excellence can be found OTP. Venture outside the box and make your way to the Mystic Grill. The ambience is excellent, the food is stunning and the service is awesome. We had a great time and plan to return often. It’s on our list of MUST EAT at places in Atlanta. Guten appetit!