Ever the one to be in love with traditional décor aesthetics, the Garden & Gun Club in Atlanta, opened by one in the same southern magazine icon whom I’ had the pleasure of writing for last Fall, is a true homage to upscale Southern cuisine. From cornbread to traditional sazeracs, you’ll find every culinary delight of the South captured on their menu all set in a modern but gentleman’s parlor-esque social scene.
Photos by Dasha Crawford Photography
When it comes to Southern food, most people tend to shy away because of its heavy fried batter, mayonnaise-based sauces, and bourbon filled drinks, but for those of us who really embrace the culinary scene in the South, the cuisine evolves into more than just the former description above. Garden & Gun club offers visitors an opportunity to explore a different perspective on Southern food with white tablecloth plating but without the price tag attached.
Do yourself a favor and start with a drink. One of the classically trained bartenders will whip anything up on or off the menu. We came right before Mardi Gras and were treated to sazerac’s (my first ever), a hurricane (delightfully fruity mixed with the appropriate amount of rum), and a mint julep (because, bourbon).
When you have been cocktailed, move to their raw bar. Had the weather not been entirely overcast and we had a lighting kit, we would have been able to show you the raw bar set up on the opposite side of the wet bar. Carefully selected oysters and shellfish are on display over ice and waiting to be handpicked by you. Be sure to grab something semi-local from the gulf coast.
The menu itself has some of my favorite things to indulge in like fried shrimp, beignets, a classic tomato sandwich, and a revolving array of traditional soups, and in our case, turkey neck gumbo.
It’s a great way to experience southern flavors without feeling like you’ve just been to a country fair, although the foods are just as satisfying.