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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Sarge’s

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A horrible fire completely wiped out this nearly 50 year old restaurant a bit over a year ago. Now, back in action, you can revisit this staple deli, Sarge’s in Murray Hill. 

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This old school deli serves up all of your deli favorites from pastrami and ruben sandwiches on rye bread, to matzo ball soup to rugelach. I was glad to be back here for brunch, and almost forgot how amazing this place is. You sit down, and boom, right away you’ve got your coffee, pickles, cole slaw and mini bran muffins. Thank you, Sarge’s mind readers. 

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For my meal, I decided an old Jewish classic, Matzo Brei with applesauce. The dish itself is pretty basic, but it’s so good and such a real comfort food. The great thing about the matzo brei, is that you can transform it into sweet or savory. Add a little salt and pepper, you have a savory dish, add some jam and the apple sauce, and you’ve got sweet. I went the sweet route and was very pleased I did. 

The Shorts:
Name: Sarge’s
Location: 548 Third Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve actually been quite a few times. And, since it’s 24 hours, I can be sure to visit again at any time of day.
Would I recommend it? Yes, you get a real family vibe here with homestyle food. Oh, and try the deli mustard, it’s amazing.