Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! Little Alley Steak Buckhead

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Published by: David Danzig on Friday June 1st, 2018

David Danzig

BELINDA SKELTON’S ATLANTA LIVING—Little Alley Steak

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On sheer scale alone, the buzziest restaurant opening of the past decade in Atlanta has to be the new Little Alley Steak outpost in Buckhead which just opened it’s (literally) massive doors in late May.  The original in downtown Roswell, a small, intimate butcher-themed den of red meat, seafood and brown liquor has been a beloved spot since it opened a few years ago.  But now it’s owners, F&H Food Trading Company, which also operate three very popular Salt Factory Pubs in Roswell, Woodstock and Alpharetta feel that Little Alley is ready for the Buckhead Big Leagues. 

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Inhabiting the 9000-square foot space that formerly housed AJA (and before that, Emeril’s), the designers have swung for the fences and hit a grand slam.  The old space was vast, cavernous and felt empty; now they have divided up the area into 2 smaller dining rooms and a gorgeous bar and it feels grand, yet wonderfully intimate and downright sexy.  Red leather banquettes, butcher’s block wooden tables, white subway tiles and a literal sea of Edison light bulbs on butcher’s meat hooks are just some of the details of this masterpiece of design.   There is also an outdoor bar and terrace that is unlike anything else in the city. 

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And of course, the food and service must be top-shelf to sustain the buzz—porcini-crusted scallops, cold water oysters, Kobe beef burgers and of course a slew of wet- and dry-aged 100% black Angus beef steaks are beautifully prepared and skillfully served by a well-trained staff of veterans.

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With the size of operation, the design of the space and theatrical presentation that includes over 400 bottles of bourbon, whiskey and scotch, this is more of the type of spectacle you would see in Las Vegas or South Beach.  There are no less than seven established steakhouses within a half mile of Little Alley so this is competitive "high-stakes steaks" for sure.  And you know what?  If I ran an old guard steakhouse in Buckhead who relied on their regulars I would be pretty worried right about now.

Breaking Chews!  Little Alley Steak Buckhead

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