I love history. I love when a bit of history, that might have otherwise been lost, connects with the present and memories are kept alive. Atlanta, GA is a city that’s full of history. Battles of the Civil War were fought on the same grounds as some of the city’s major intersections. Atlanta was the cultural catalyst for the civil rights movement by the way of the Sweet Auburn District, home of Martin Luther King Jr and some other notable fighters. But besides from the tides that changed history, there are smaller, more local bits of history.
For example, did you know that Atlanta was once called Terminus? Terminus, literally meaning “end of the line”, was where the Georgia State Assembly decided the railroad that connected Georgia to the US Midwest was to end. A town sprung up around the marker for Terminus and by 1847 Terminus had become Lumpkin, then Marthasville, then finally Atlanta (shortened from Atlantica-Pacifica).
Let’s fast forward to 1881. Capt. John Miller opened up an auction house for horses and mules in present day West Midtown. This area then quickly developed with business relating to the livestock trade.
Now to connect the subject at hand with this brief bit of Atlanta history…
Once upon a time, okay fine it was 1955, there lived a Chianina bull named Donetto and he was the largest ever recorded of it’s kind weighing in at 3,920lbs and measuring as 6′ tall. Chianina bulls are known to be the largest of all cow breeds but Donetto topped them all.
Are you seeing the connection yet? Okay…here it is. Donetto is named after the world’s largest recorded bull and sits adjacent to the original location of the livestock trade of Atlanta. The railroad that runs behind the building that houses restaurant Donetto was the primary route that most of the livestock that were traded took to get to the Miller Union Stockyards. See? Isn’t history cool?
Okay, okay…now for the food.
Just to be completely up front about this, I once worked as a server at Donetto. I was part of the opening team there but I no longer work for Donetto or The Indigo Road. In fact, it had been so long since I’d gone back to eat, that I couldn’t even remember when that was.
So here it is. The moment you’ve probably skipped ahead to…the food.
Perfectly fried squash blossoms served with a house made herbed ricotta and salsa verde. I kind of wished they had stuffed the blossoms with the cheese before frying them but I understand why they wouldn’t want to. There was a nice bit of lemon zest to the ricotta and it brought some welcome acidity to the dish.
Chicken Liver Mousse
Buttery smooth mousse served with grilled ciabatta to spread the mousse on and house made sunchoke relish, pickles, and caramelized onion. One of the best chicken liver mousse I’ve had in a while. And look at that beautiful quenelle!
Sweet Corn Ravioli
This ravioli was summer in a bowl. Gulf shrimp, sweet corn ravioli, herbed butter emulsion, and a touch of heat from the peppers. We’re growing some corn in our backyard garden and I can’t wait to try and recreate this! Unless the squirrels get to the corn first.
Hibiscus and Lemon Semifreddo
Talk about the perfect way to end a big meal. You can’t go wrong with a light and airy semifreddo. This one had a great citrus flavor that also helped serve as a palate cleanser. It was served with pecan oat streusel, a strawberry lavender sauce, and some macerated berries.
If you’re looking for a place near the Westside, a place to celebrate an occasion, a place to enjoy brunch that’s something different than the usz (uje? I’m trying to say usual), or your looking for some kick ass food in a gorgeous setting, check this place out.
976 Brady Ave
Tell them Viv sent you.