REVIEW: Food 101, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, North Fulton
Food 101 was one of our most anticipated restaurants from our list of 20 BEST ATLANTA RESTAURANTS TO VISIT IN 2016. This “new South” cuisine genre really lights us on fire, so we couldn’t wait to visit.
We made reservations but really didn’t need them on a Sunday night. However, I do think it paid off because we were show to some very a nice booth that was extremely comfortable. Our server greeted us and we had our refreshments quickly. Our server was able to answer all of our menu questions with complete confidence and provided excellent service throughout our meal.
We decided to get started with the Pimento Cheese appetizer. The bread they served with it was pretty good, but I also liked using the rolls and cornbread they brought with the bread service. Granted you have to like Pimento Cheese, but this is a great starter and one that gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
My mind was mind up from the first time I saw the Food 101 menu weeks ago. I was after the Carolina Swordfish. Melanie took a little longer to decide (there’s a ton of great looking stuff on their menu), but settled on the Short Ribs with Green Beans and Brussel Sprouts. She enjoyed the Short Ribs and thought the sauce that accompanied the meal was awesome. She felt the veggies could have been cooked for a few more minutes to have been a bit more tender for her.
The Carolina Swordfish lived up to and exceeded my expectations. This was a generous fillet and I loved the smoky grilled flavor of this fish. The red quinoa combined well with the butternut squash and mushrooms to create a nice complement to the fish. You don’t see quinoa served much in restaurants so this was something I was really eager to try and they did a great job with it.
If you’re not familiar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wha), it is a grain that you use it as you would rice. Quinoa comes from the Andes mountains in South America and is considered to be a very healthy food. Compared to white rice, quinoa has 40% less calories and double the protein. White rice has 15 times the carbs than quinoa does for equal amounts. (source: lifescript.com) Much like rice though, it’s pretty bland without some work. In this case though, the kitchen at Food 101 did a splendid job preparing this.
After such a splendid meal, we struggled to decide on a dessert we could share, but ended up each choosing one for each of us. Melanie, a purist when it comes to chocolate, decided on the Sweet & Salty Cake, which is a chocolate cake iced with a caramel chocolate ganache and sprinkled with large chunks of sea salt. She could only finish half of it, but I was able to come to her rescue. My Coconut Cream Pie was really tasty, particularly with the toasted coconut shavings on top.
When enjoyed our time at Food 101 and loved the vibe this restaurant has. We felt so comfortable and well taken care of during our meal. The food was delightful and the service was top-notch. Guten appetit!