Excuse me for repeating myself as I know I’ve said it before, but one of the best things about moving to a new city (yes I know I’ve been here a year now) is the food. And last week I had the opportunity, and great pleasure, of dining at Woodfire Grill. An Atlanta staple since 2002 and best known to many because of Kevin from Top Chef season 6, but has recently had new light shown on it with executive chef Tyler Williams.
Come to find out chef Tyler and I have much in common. We both grew up in Michigan and made our way to Chicago where he worked at Chef Homaro Cantu’s Moto restaurant, then with Graham Elliot, and developed his own global technique as chef de cuisine at Gemini Bistro. And side note Gemini Bistro was one of our Chicago go-to’s. We loved Gemini so much we even had their cocktail “The Heater” re-created for our wedding. Anyway, in the summer of 2010 Williams ventured to Atlanta to become sous chef at Anne Quatrano’s Bacchanalia and was soon promoted to executive chef at Abattoir. Now fast forward to 2013 and Woodfire Grill.
Woodfire was amazing. From the service, to the cocktails, to the food it was truly beyond. Starting with chef’s amuse-bouche in the form of tiny little lollipops to the deconstructed carrot cake dessert, there was never a bite left on any of the plates. And there were a lot of plates. And because Woodfire focuses on seasonal, locally sourced, organic and sustainable foods the menu was just updated for spring. If you asked I couldn’t even choose a favorite dish.
In closing, we’ll be back. I’m sure sooner rather than later. And honestly if you’re in Atlanta and you haven’t been in awhile go! Go now! You won’t be disappointed. xo