Back in February, I had a very good experience giving GRAIN Spirits and Food a try and I have been meaning to get back there some time soon. Well, this weekend, I finally had that chance!
So, late on Sunday afternoon, me and a couple of friends had a meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown, which is right next door to GRAIN. So, we thought we’d grab a drink and a snack. I had just told them yesterday about my experience with GRAIN, particularly the edible cocktail, those Manhattan-soaked apples that I loved. Since, by sheer happenstance, we were right next door, I thought it’d be a golden opportunity to let them try it. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any during this visit. Kinda disappointing. But I could understand that being something that’s made in a certain quantity every so often, so I won’t hold it against them.
The food and drink I ordered made up quite well for the lack of edible cocktails. I instead ordered what’s called a Nightingale, which was a simple mixture of vodka, lemon juice, honey, and a touch of cinnamon. Very refreshing and vivacious on the palate. They sure know how to craft a drink out of some rather simple and unassuming ingredients and make something special out of them. I also snacked on some pretty awesome deviled eggs. Now deviled eggs is one of those foods I generally don’t eat unless my mom makes them. But I had to this time, especially when I got this tweet the other day:
After that, since this visit was, in fact, “next time”, I felt compelled to give them a try. And they’re pretty good! To be honest I can’t remember off the top of my head what that was under the creamed yolk. I think it was bacon jam, but don’t quote me on it. The deviled eggs aren’t on the menu that’s posted on GRAIN’s website, so I can’t exactly confirm what it is, but whatever it was, it added a nice touch. Very different from my mom’s sweet pickle and paprika-laced eggs.
But the pièce de résistance of this meal was their Butter Burger. And it was exactly just like it sounds. They poach the burger patties in butter. Let me repeat that. THE POACH THE FUCKIN’ BURGER PATTIES IN BUTTER. I actually wasn’t going to order an entrée, since my mama was cooking beef stew at home (which then became lunch the next day), but I tried a taste from my friend. That first bite was like a moment of clarity. I had to order one of my own. And it was just amazing. That soft, fresh bun, that buttery beef, that tangy pickle and those tomatoes and that cheese sauce… It was just heavenly. I can honestly say that it was one of the best burgers I’ve had in my life. This was just a stack of melt-in-your-mouth goodness. You definitely have to save this for a day when you just don’t give a shit about your diet though. But it’s worth it.
So, in conclusion, GRAIN is still doing well in my eyes. They did well in February when I was invited to give it a try, and they did well this weekend when I was just a walk-in while co-owner Kevin wasn’t in. Maybe one of these nice spring days, I’ll have another burger and nightingale out on their West Peachtree Street patio. I would highly recommend you do the same.