When it comes to upscale Southern restaurant a handful come to mind: Wisteria, JCT Kitchen, and Horseradish Grill. Located near Chastain Park, it is one of a few in the area to have sustained itself for decades with almost no changes to the menu. Horseradish Grill was even featured on Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day several years ago. Chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria consulted on the restaurant concept, and Scott Peacock opened the restaurant before leaving for Watershed. And Dave Berry has recently returned as head chef.
Between regulars in the surrounding neighborhood and business diners, Horseradish Grill seems to keep a steady of flow of traffic. The menu features lots of southern favorites like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken and Trout. Horseradish Grill is a terrific place to take out of towners wanting a taste of true southern food. It is also the perfect spot to dine before a show at Chastain Amphitheatre, but make reservations well in advance as it is one of the only restaurants in such close proximity to the venue and is quite popular on concert nights.
Did you know? They have a garden in the back? It’s not huge or anything, but they are still trying grow as many herbs and vegetables they can on site. AND – they have a swing (see it pictured above). After appetizers, grab your glass of vino, stroll through the garden and
sit swing a spell with your sweetie. By the time you get back to your table, entrees should be about ready.
While I’ve had most of the traditional favorites (shrimp and grits, fried chicken and trout), on this visit, I wanted to try some different items: Venison Meatloaf and the Pork Shank. Be prepared: portions are rather large here. New on the menu as an appetizer are the pimento cheese fritters that are served with Bread and Butter pickles. The sweetness of the pickles is the perfect match to the salty cheese fritter. They come four to an order, but they are pretty rich, so one per person is plenty.
The Venison Meatloaf served with a parsnip puree was a unique and tasty dish – that and a glass of the Peju Cabernet are a perfect winter dish. My pork shank, did fall of the bone – no knife necessary. It is served with classic southern sides: collard greens and mashed potatoes. I barley touched them, intent on conquering that shank!
Always saving room for dessert, who can pass up the signature, Kentucky spice cake? Topped with caramel ice cream it is just large enough to share. It had been such a long time since I visited Horseradish Grill, I forgot how much I enjoy this uniquely Southern restaurant. I’ve already made my return reservation to enjoy their lovely patio!
4320 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342