REVIEW: Urban Cannibals Bodega & Bites, Midtown Atlanta, Fulton
Maybe Urban Cannibals should be renamed Underground Cannibals because this is one of those places you would never, ever find on your own. Even though it’s in the heart of Midtown and thousands of cars pass within a couple of blocks everyday, you’d never guess that a restaurant was located nearby. All of that being said, I almost feel reluctant about publishing this review because I would hate for that to effect the funky neighborhood vibe that this restaurant has. It reminded me very much of the little store I used to walk to in my grandmother’s neighborhood. My running buddy Angel, also said that it reminded him of the bodegas where he grew up in Puerto Rico. In any case, this place is a food critic’s dream.
We were greeted upon entering and invited to sit wherever we liked. We both decided on the Tomato Basil Bisque to get started. When we got our soups, we complimented one another on what an excellent decision that was because the soup was absolutely excellent. I love tomato soup and this was some of the best because it was so rich, creamy and had a fantastic flavor. We both also enjoyed using the elongated spoons that were served with the soup.
If the soup didn’t already blow us both out of the water, when the sandwiches arrived it finished us off. Angel ordered the Po’ Boy Sandwich with pork and he enjoyed it thoroughly despite being unable to finish the whole thing. I ordered the Pastrami Reuben that comes with homemade sauerkraut and their housemade Bodega mayo. I’m not a fan of rye bread, so I asked that it be served on a toasted ciabatta (courtesy of H&F Bread Company). What thrilled me about this Reuben was not only did it taste delicious, it was hot (I didn’t say warm, I said HOT) throughout the meal. Nothing like a hot soup and sandwich on a cool winter day! And when they bring the check, they bring you cookies!
We were both totally absorbed by the trendy vibe going on at Urban Cannibals Bodega & Bites that we didn’t want to leave and go back to work but our sense of duty prevailed. I can only imagine how fun this place must be to visit in the evenings or on a weekend. There’s a large outdoor patio and I just bet that some spring weekend we’ll be back to enjoy that. We’ve now fully resolved to visit their sister location, Madre + Mason in North Midtown near Ansley Park. Urban Cannibals is an awesome place for an eclectic meal and great food! Guten appetit!