I met an American girl at a bus stop in Positano a few years ago and we bonded over eating and traveling as we traveled to Rome. Since then, we’ve met up numerous times when she is in NYC or I am in Atlanta. I never need to do any food research when I head down to Atlanta because she gives me the lowdown on what is hot/in/new/fabulous.
I picked the Local Three for dinner with two other friends, and of course they wondered how the heck an out-of-towner manages to find places to eat. I made reservations on OpenTable for Local Three and arrived fabulously late. I hadn’t read up on this place at all beforehand and trusted my GPS to get me where I needed to go. Little did I know that this restaurant is nestled within some residential looking towers in the suburbs of Atlanta. You turn into a complex, wondering if you went the wrong way, but eventually signs pop up to lead you to the appropriate parking garage. Until you step foot into the restaurant, everything around you looks deserted.
I would describe this place as a market-to-table speakeasy with plenty of vegetarian options, which was good because a girlfriend is going through a no-meat fast. At this point of the trip, I was also eating too much junk so I was craving veggies.
Hallway leading to the main entrance.
I love veggies, especially cauliflower. This was prepared with tons of golden raisins, capers, walnuts, parmesan, and parsley emulsion.
Duck fat fried pickles.
And my friends’ mains… the vegetable composition with parsnips, kale, squash, spiced lentils, and more crispy brussel sprouts! And the wood oven roasted hanger steak, which was delicious.
The duck meatballs played as my main… sometimes I go to restaurants and rather order more appetizers in lieu of a main. If I were to go back, I would definitely get the brussel sprouts, duck meatballs, mushrooms/polenta, and hanger steak. They were the most memorable. Also, it’s more fun with more people, we were stuffed to the brim because I wanted to try everything. The Notorious P.I.G. and fried pickles are better for spreading across more people.