Named for the owners’ dog Hendrix, who’s likeness greets guests at the door, this new East Lake spot offers a casual bar with light bites on one side, and a cozy sit-down space on the other. Each side has its distinct menu. Deal with it. I stopped by with my former neighbor LG after showing her a few homes in East Atlanta. Reviewing both menus, we decided to sit at the bar, with its hodge podge of tapas-style snacks.
A weathered plaster wall runs the length of the narrow space with a pleasant patio out back. The seasoned bar staff shook up some killer cocktails for us while LG and I sampled a few of the small dishes. She ordered a green salad that she raved about, while I opted for the excellent pickled baby shrimp with remoulade on grilled bread.
After that tasty start we decided to share shrimp and steak skewers. Although both were great, the steak was so tender we were compelled to order two more…only $5 per order! A guy next to us got a giant basket of shoestring fries and we copied him. Double fried and sprinkled with their special seasoning, they did not disappoint.
A subsequent visit to Poor Hendrix found me and LC in pretty much the exact same seats at the bar. We ordered the same skewers and an order of edamame tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce. The beef wasn’t nearly as tender, most likely a different cut, but still flavorful. Shrimp came with Alabama white sauce this visit.
My favorite dish was the last one, a plate of fresh ricotta topped with chopped olives, lemon, herbs, and peanuts. It was a divine combination of salty and sublime, spread onto thick slices of charred Italian bread. I look forward to another visit at this friendly neighborhood spot, seated at a proper table at Poor Hendrix, the restaurant.
2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive SE 404-549-8756