I had the chance to have a drink, play a little bocce, and eat dinner at Empire State South last night. The weather was perfect. Actually, there was a lot of perfection going on.
First of all, I won at bocce. But that’s not what I really want to talk about. I had a delicious Pimm’s Cup and our very friendly waiter let us try a little taste of Fernet Branca which was delicious. I could only describe it as Robotussin meets Pinesol, but in a good way. (I know, I have a future as a sophisticated beverage critic.)
We stuck to the first courses and shared. I just wish I didn’t have to share, because I could have eaten a lot more of everything. The farm egg, the pork belly, and the scrapple were all tasty. It’s the little things, like the field peas, the crispy rice, the sauce that make these stand out. Again, pretty darn close to perfection.
I haven’t encountered many restaurants in the South that could hang with the best of them in New York City. I know that sounds a little pretentious and superior, but it’s sadly true. I’ve been to far more restaurants in the South that had aspirations that exceeded the reality. But not the case here. ESS would be as welcome in Brooklyn or Manhattan as Midtown Atlanta. But I doubt they’d have room for bocce. Which would be a shame. Because I’m really good.
Empire State South, 999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Georgia 30309