Following the untimely passing of chef and restaurateur Angus Brown, the fate of the newly opened 8 Arm was uncertain. But his business partner Nhan Le vowed to continue. Serving an abbreviated menu that changes frequently, the restaurant is a favorite of tattooed hipsters, with its location adjacent to the Beltline, across from the now-bulldozed murder Kroger.
LC and I stopped by for an impromptu lunch. Good use is made of the small space, outfitted with natural polished wood tables and mismatched vintage chairs. Patio seating is also available, next to 8 Arm’s late-night bar that serves everything from house made ginger ale to fortified wines. One of the painted white brick walls features two black creatures holding a banner reading “no reward for serving the wicked” in Latin. We’ll see about that.
With storms looming, we chose a table inside. Brunch was on the menu, and although we already had breakfast hours earlier, LC tried the Egg McMuff, a playful riff on the fast food staple. 8 Arm adds yummy avocado and cilantro Tabasco mayo, but the copious quantity of undercooked scrambled eggs made it unpleasantly sloppy.
Meanwhile, I order Avocado Toast whenever and wherever it’s offered. 8 Arm’s version is taken directly from the owners’ former restaurant, Lusca. Although sliced a little thin for the amount of toppings, the house made bread is toasted until crisp, almost charred, which adds great flavor. Then it’s topped with smashed avocado, thinly sliced radish, scallions, and lots of sweet and briny rock crab chunks.
Our order came out super fast, almost too fast. Hopefully service is at a slower pace at dinner. Despite the warning on the wall, we did tip our server, the girl with a butterfly tattoo on her face. Guess we’re not that wicked after all.
710 Ponce de Leon Avenue 470-875-5856