The General Muir

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Still on my trip to Atlanta, it was time to find a great brunch spot. Now, I’m from NYC, home of the deli (I think that’s our motto?). So, when I see there’s a New York style Deli in Atlanta, well, they have some high bars to meet. I wanted to check out what they had to offer at The General Muir. With a menu full of some classic deli menu items, and some with a twist, the restaurant itself is beautifully light, open and inviting.

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I wanted to order both of the platters they offer, but, after being informed that they were for two people (and my dining partner with a specific food allergy), I had to forego and look to the single portion dishes. But, hey, more of a reason for me to go back. Either way, everything sounded amazing, and I decided to order the Fish and Potatoes (smoked salmon over latkes, sour cream, apples, arugula, lemon). This was fantastic. The greens were so lovely, and the lemon and salt with the arugula really actually stood out to me. But then, underneath you really have the treasure. The smoked salmon is abundant and fresh, a simply delicious. The latkes were crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of flavor, and went especially well with the apple sauce and sour cream on the side. It’s not a complicated dish, but it certainly didn’t have to be as fantastic as it was. I’m just a fish a potatoes kinda girl (that can be a thing, right?).

The Shorts:
Name: The General Muir
Location: 1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-230, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. It was like a little taste of NYC in Atlanta. And, those platters are calling me.
Would I recommend it? For sure, the dining room is beautiful, the service is great and the food is a real winner. And even if you don’t have time to sit, they have a deli counter where you can grab some deli staples and baked goods to-go. 

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Friend of a Farmer

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Sometimes, the city’s restaurant scene can get a little monotonous. You know, same minimalist aesthetic, a contrived swanky vibe. So, it’s nice to be able to feel like you can escape every now and again, even if just for a meal, to, oh, let’s say a farm house. You can do exactly that at Friend of a Farmer in Gramercy. This two story restaurant definitely gives you the feeling that you’re no longer in the hustle and bustle of the city, and instead, you’re in an upstate farm house, similar to the one that the owner grew up in. They even have a couple fireplaces to give it an extra homey vibe.

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To start, we had Imported and Domestic Cheese with warm figs and walnut chutney. This was a really delightful cheese plate, giving variety in type and texture of cheese with crisp pita-like crackers. I really liked the fig and walnut chutney, it was subtly and naturally sweet from the figs and had a nice bit of texture from the walnuts. 

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For my entree I had the Arugula Salad with Blackened Salmon (tomatoes, pears and feta cheese with a lemon lime garlic dressing). I really enjoyed this salad, it was fresh, crisp, and the fish was flavorful and savory. 

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Then, for dessert, we ordered their Just Baked Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie (served in a hot skillet, topped with maple syrup, walnuts, bananas, and vanilla ice cream). Whoa, this was really delicious. It’s great for sharing, or, if you’re so daring, you could potentially tackle it alone. Potentially. The cookie is hot and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The warm maple syrup drenches the bananas and walnuts, which, is pretty much the only way I want to eat those ingredients from now on. Mixed altogether with the cool ice cream, well, it’s just pretty awesome. 

The Shorts:
Name: Friend of a Farmer 
Location: 77 Irving Place, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, although I didn’t take too much advantage this time around, they offer a really great comfort food menu, which, I can partake in next time. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s quant, cozy, and makes you feel like you’re in grandma and grandpa’s farm house. You know, if you have a grandma and grandpa with a farm house.