Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! Rose + Rye

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Published by: David Danzig on Thursday March 15th, 2018

David Danzig

BELINDA SKELTON’S ATLANTA LIVING—Rose + Rye

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While I love Atlanta and it's boundless growth, I am nonetheless disappointed by its lack of historic building preservation.  So few of our landmarks have been spared the wrecking ball and while I appreciate all the new construction, I really love when someone takes the time to preserve an old gem and retrofit it into something special.

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That’s precisely what you have with the all-new Rose + Rye in midtown.  Directly next to the Woodruff Art Center, hiding in plain sight sits a 1910’s-era mansion that is affectionately called “The Castle.”  This home has seen its fair share of history and now lays in the capable hands of architect Mike Latham who has been patiently transforming it into an absolutely fascinating, multi-layer fortress which has to be one of the most unique cocktail and dining settings in the south.   

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Rose + Rye also wins with their menu, skillfully presented by Executive Chef, Lindsay Owens, one of the most talented chefs in the city who happens to be a woman.  I really don't care about the sex of the chef but I do acknowledge that Atlanta has a scarcity of women chefs and therefore I applaud those who do it and do it well.  Chef Owens has a simple, one-sheet menu that stays in the fairway with beautiful renditions of American cuisine with a slight southern flair; steak tartare, chilled yellowfin tuna, pork tenderloin and a buttery-soft filet mignon.  I finished things off with a flourless chocolate cake with bacon fat caramel peanut popcorn.  All of the dishes are confidently executed and come with some sorts of twists that makes them memorable and Instagram-worthy. And with a name that includes the word Rye, you can imagine that the cocktails are worthy of your time. 

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So next time you are seeing a show at the Fox or the symphony or checking out the High Museum or just think it would be cool to dine inside a true National Historic Landmark, book at table at Rose + Rye.

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