Heads up, food lovers! We’ve rounded up some of the most curious (and even some downright peculiar) menu items around ATL sure to throw even the most die-hard foodie into a tizzy. These local restaurants are whipping up dishes with such innovative combinations of ingredients and have unabashedly encouraged us to step outside of our food comfort zones to embark on a bizarre food journey that will make us think twice about ordering another boring old plate of chicken tenders and fries. Join us as we take a bite on the wild side and explore a part of the menu only the boldest palates dare to venture.
Our journey humbly begins at Jack’s Pizza and Wings in Old Fourth Ward. Driving by this pizza joint, one may not think we’d stop here on our funky food journey. But, alas, the folks at Jack’s have a unique menu item up their sleeve that makes our list gleam with Southern goodness: Soul Food Pizza. This belle is topped with hefty portions of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and gravy, bless its heart. The good folks at Jack’s took our nostalgic yearnings for Granny’s home cookin’, nixed the plate and piled it nicely on a heavenly slice o’ dough – taking comfort food to a whole new level. (Pro-tip: It’s polite to ask for seconds.)
Next, we make our way down to Cypress Street Pint and Plate. When we’re feelin’ a bit indecisive and can’t decide on savory or sweet, these guys make the decision easy for us, combining dinner and dessert with the Sublime Doughnut Burger: one half pound burger topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, applewood bacon delicately sandwiched betwixt two Sublime glazed doughnuts. Be forewarned, your taste buds may be confused about the clashing confection. But, by the second bite… you’ll be wondering why every meal isn’t made between two doughnuts. (It’s still a mystery to us, too.)
While we’re on the topic of eccentric burgers, our next stop boasts some burger options that are just flat out sinful. We’re obliged to roll out the red carpet for the King of the Vortex’s menu, the Fat Elvis Burger. The combination of the King’s favorite sandwich ingredients couched within the hardy deliciousness of a beefy burger has us all shook up. We can’t help falling in love with it – fried bananas, peanut butter, bacon and some primo beef – it’s a hunka-hunka burnin’ love alright. (Speaking of which – do you have any Alka-Seltzer handy?)
Right off of Edgewood, One Eared Stag has mastered eclectic dishes with a horde of different ingredients. From duck liver terrine served with pickled grapes, vanilla powder and soldiers to rabbit rillettes served with duck fat roasted carrot, celery mustarda and toast - each plate comes chock full with a unique element from every food group. They even use fresh wild flowers as an ingredient in their grub. Beautiful and scrumptious.
Perfect for when we’re feeling like expanding our cultural horizons, we can head 10 Degrees South. These guys showcase an impressive list of exotic foods that may be new to a less seasoned food connoisseur. And, they are only restaurant in Atlanta that specializes in South African food with a unique fusion of French, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Malaysian and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s like eating an episode of Carmen Sandiego: our taste buds get to happily travel all around the world – all within one meal!
Now, that we’re coming to the end of our voyage, how about we mosey on over to Holeman & Finch for the evening? Known for their daring and inventive dishes, the restaurant was featured in an episode of “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern. And if Zimmern’s calling it bizarre, than we know we’ve come to the right place – ya know, that magical place waaay outside of our food comfort zones. Their menu is abundant with grub that goes beyond. These guys don’t waste around here - from beef tongue and veal brains to lamb testicles and bone marrow, they make a meal out of every inch of an animal. Once we’ve made it this far in our courageous food journey: there’s no turning back.
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Scoutmob Local Editorial Intern Brittany Maher is a self-proclaimed word nerd, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things comedy. Currently a senior at Kennesaw State University, Brittany is Editor-in-Chief of her university’s student run newspaper, The Sentinel. She has infinite knowledge of 90’s sitcoms and will almost always beat you in Scrabble.