REVIEW: Antebellum, Flowery Branch, Hall County
A message to our ITP (inside the Perimeter) readers, sometimes in order to go south you have to head north. Flowery Branch, is the sleepy town that holds the gem we call Antebellum. Wherever you’re from in metro Atlanta, Antebellum is worth the trip.
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#goodtimes at @antebellumga in #flowerybranch this weekend. Review to post Friday. #atlfoodie #halleats #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
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We got started with something that wasn’t just Southern but native Georgian, the Sweet Vidalia Onion Soup. Not only is it rich and creamy, the cool lemon whipped cream adds a nice contrast against the warmth of the soup. The hint of rosemary and bits of honey onion jam, rounds this out for a delightful starter that set our meal into motion. We also tried the Grilled Bread with Pimento Cheese that has tiny chunks of candied Benton’s country ham, some pickled red onions, and some horseradish cream. The complimentary Bread Service is cornbread, but uniquely served as a bread loaf. The homemade lemon and green tomato jelly is very, very nice.
The words on the menu failed to give justice to the impeccable dining experience that awaited us. It’s like how a camera seldom yields the same sunset as if you were seeing it for yourself. I only hope the words that follow are able to convey the awesomeness of Antebellum.
Both of us knew from our first bites, we had arrived at something that was absolutely amazing. During my research, I had discovered the fact that Antebellum was listed on OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in America list in 2014. In fact, that year it was the ONLY restaurant in Georgia to achieve that distinction.
Melanie had ordered the Grilled Tenderloin of Beef Shoulder, that comes with a spring vegetable mix, a sweet onion ravioli, and red win au jus. When Melanie had her first bite of tenderloin, her eyes lit up. She later exclaimed, “that’s like the most tender meat I’ve ever tasted” and she said that it reminded her of the best filet mignon. The vegetables were all seasoned nicely and the warm vegetables along with the cool cherry tomatoes continued the temperature contrast we enjoyed in our previous dishes.
I ordered the Pan Seared Monkfish that is covered with a sweet corn purée. Its simply spectacular. Monkfish is rarely served in local restaurants and I really cannot understand why. The consistency of monkfish is very similar to lobster. Its meaty, chewy, and has a fullness that is unlike most fish. The sweet corn purée was unbelievably good and such an excellent complement to the monkfish. The potato dumplings were magnificent treats and the mix of greens, baby vegetables, chips of blue crab, and buttermilk dressing sent me to the moon and back.
Having enjoyed our main courses so much, we looked forward to our dessert with great anticipation. We couldn’t make up our minds, so we ordered both of the ones we want and then shared them. The Chocolate Bread Pudding has a hint of Jack Daniels in it and the vanilla whipped cream and salted caramel sauce is phenomenal. Melanie had her favorite. The Italian Cream Cake was my favorite. This huge piece of cake has small bits of pecans in it along with a taste of coconut. Its served with a small vanilla ice cream and a cream cheese frosting and its the perfect end to a fantastic meal.
Antebellum is the real deal. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a meal like this. If that wasn’t enough, when you pay for your meal you are presented a Lavender Shortbread Cookie that’s gift-wrapped. Now, that’s real Southern hospitality! Like I said, the real deal.
Gas is cheap, you should go for a drive. Head north to go south, Antebellum is a MUST VISIT. Live and enjoy! Guten appetit!