This Inman Park brasserie from Top Chef Las Vegas contestant and chef-owner Eli Kirshtein blends the traditional and contemporary, with modern takes on classically inspired French-American cuisine. The first eatery to open in the Krog Street Market, the setting (like the fare) is both elegant and true to its roots.
“We started with the chicken liver mousse and beef tartare, both classic dishes done well. The smooth mound of chicken liver mousse dotted with crushed pistachios drew balance from the accompanying pickled mushrooms. Similarly, the beef tartare, a perfectly round patty of chopped steak, came stuffed with tiny bits of cornichon, tart little buds of contrasting flavor…Perhaps the best remake here is of the amandine, a typical butter and slivered almond topping, often for fish. Ours was a well-seasoned amberjack (the next week it was swordfish). The almonds became pecans and the heavy butter sauce became vinegary chopped kale and a smooth celery-root puree, to replace the illusion of creamy richness associated with butter. Traditionalists may prefer to go with the steak frites, slices of hangar steak with a fluffy cloud of melting maitre d’ hotel butter swirling into golden fries. Or try the croque monsieur (or madame), simultaneously crispy and delightfully gooey while smacking of quality ingredients.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[on Best New Brunch]: “What you’re getting: The Croque Monsieur. Ham, cheese sauce, and a thick blanket of Gruyère is a hefty lift if you’re going to dunk it in the powerful house mustard, but don’t worry, it’s worth it, and no one will blame you if you use your hands. It's probably the only meal you’ll need all day, especially if you manage to get through all those salty, herbed fries (and their custom pickle).” – Thrillist
The space, designed by ai3, pays homage to the building’s history (a 1920s Stove Works warehouse) along with all of the design elements of a contemporary brasserie. Mirrors, gleaming subway tiles, and brass lighting surround leather booths and slender curved-back chairs. Clusters of white dome lights hang above, and a neon sign spelling out the restaurant’s name glows against the subway tiles. The former warehouse’s bones are also in evidence, in the soaring 20-foot ceilings and exposed metal pipes. Outside, a massive (400 sq. ft.!) patio overlooks Krog Street.
The Luminary takes its name from Atlanta’s first newspaper, a pre-Civil War weekly that ran from 1846 through 1848.
99 Krog Street
Atlanta, GA 30307