Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! C. Ellet's

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Published by: David Danzig on Thursday February 1st, 2018

David Danzig


I have been long awaiting my chance to try Linton Hopkins’ long-awaited new creation, C. Ellet’s Steak House.  Easily one of the most important openings in the past year, Hopkins chose The Battery, the massive mixed-use facility around Sun Trust Park, as the canvas for his new masterpiece. 

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Always an ambassador of powerful southern symbols, Hopkins named the restaurant for his great-grandfather, Charles Ellet Jr., a Civil War Union soldier and bridge-building engineer.  The dining room feels like it was plucked out of the Garden District in New Orleans, an elegant design that evokes an informal southern gentile atmosphere, where you could have an intimate bite or a rousing party depending on the occasion. 

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Like all of Hopkins’ concepts (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House, H&F Burger) there is a simplicity to the artful cuisine and chef loves to use food to tell stories and reunite diners with emotions.  Steaks are the stars of the show and Hopkins did his research, sourcing his bovines from farms in 8 different states with cuts including a 35 day dry-aged Kansas City strip from Nebraska, a Delmonico ribeye from Texas and bone-in Frenched center cut filet from Iowa.  Also to satisfy your carnivore instincts I have to recommend the White Oak Pastures steak tartare with bone marrow and at lunch C Ellet’s dry aged cheeseburger, my undisputed burger champion in the city.

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Seafood also plays a critical role in the C. Ellet’s story, and Hopkins travelled the country to find the right oyster program which serves some of the most beautiful cold water oysters that have ever been foraged, along with hot and cold shellfish like Sapelo Island clams, New Orleans BBQ shrimp and jumbo lump blue crab.  On weekends a walk-up oyster bar opens so when the weather gets nice you can grab a dozen bi-valves and enjoy the energy at The Battery.  And you know that Hopkins beverage program is state of the art with gorgeous cocktails and an epic wine list. 

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Spring training and Braves baseball are just around the corner so now is a great time to take in C. Ellet’s before the crowds start to amass—the dining room sits just a few feet from Suntrust Park so make gameday reservations ASAP.  Bottom line:  if you appreciate artisan-quality steaks, seafood and vegetables and aren’t afraid to pay to get it, C. Ellet’s will be a home run for you.    

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