This year, LC and I passed on all the Halloween party invitations in favor of a zombie-free dinner with friends JD and his wife BD. We decided on Article 14, having scored a gift card at a recent auction.
Located on the ground floor of a Midtown law office, decor is courtroom chic with tufted leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings. Caricatures of local attorneys cover the back wall. The restaurant’s reviews have been positive, but would that verdict hold up?
Known for its bourbon cocktails, LC tried A Walk in the Woods made with Woodford Reserve, Drambuie, rosemary sorghum syrup, Bokers bitters, and ginger beer. The rest of us shared a bottle of petite syrah.
As we settled into our overstuffed leather booth, we decided on a few starters. We enjoyed the interplay of sweet and savory flavors of critics’ favorite duck confit sliders, served with fig jam and arugula on little buttered buns.
Grilled octopus has nearly become a standard appetizer found on every upscale menu in town. Article 14 doesn’t disappoint with tender tentacles accompanied by a colorful heirloom tomato salad. Although tasty, the presentation of the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Asher blue cheese didn’t impress our guests. A fourth dish of expertly sauteed Gulf shrimp was rich and decadent with garden herb and mascarpone risotto.
As we polished off our appetizers, we saw a sudden torrential downpour accompanied by howling winds outside the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows; scary Halloween weather. Cozy inside the restaurant, I argued my case for the Kale Yeah salad…dressed with warm bacon vinaigrette, how could it be anything but delicious? LC and I decided to share the salad and the grilled bavette steak.
Tossed with toothsome pinenuts and chewy cranberries, the salad was my favorite dish of the evening. Our steak, served with sea-salt roasted marble potatoes and a kicky salsa verde was perfectly seared and flavorful. BD chose the sweet corn ravioli and let me have a taste. Paired with crispy pancetta and Swiss chard, the dish represented elevated Southern comfort food at its best.
Although already guilty of eating too much, we couldn’t resist desserts. We chose two whose flavors define the Fall season; the gingerbread sticky toffee pudding, a rich bread pudding topped with vanilla creme fraiche, and the subtly flavored pumpkin cheesecake with maple gelato and a sprinkling of ginger crumbs.
The verdict was unanimous: delicious!
1180 Peachtree Street 404-443-8432