Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week 6-05-11

Me and my restaurant buddy, Emily, have been doing the Restaurant Week thing for quite some time now.  If you don’t know what that is, allow me to enlighten you.  Restaurant Week is when the restaurants in the given area (some places, it’s the whole city, where others, like Atlanta, they do areas, like Midtown, Buckhead, and Downtown) band together and offer a special, (usually) 3-course menu with a set price.  This is a great way for you to get out and try a new restaurant or try  new dish at an old favorite.

So me and Em have a neat little system on how we pick which new restaurant to try for the week.  This week, we had our hearts set on Thrive (you can check out the restaurants and dishes offered at the tab above).  Of course, being downtown, we didn’t think that some places would be closed on weekends, and so when we arrived at the place, we discovered that it was indeed closed on Sunday.  Lucky for us, we had a back up in place and started to head there.  We were both craving some seafood, so this lead us to Ray’s in the City.  Well known for their seafood, this ended up being a wonderful back up choice for us!

First up, our appetizer choices: Seafood Gumbo and Crispy Calamari with sweet hot peppers & tomato marinara

A good start as I love soup and we both LOOOOOVE fried calamari.  However, these were a little disappointing.  The soup was good, but I think they could have spared a bowl, a cup of soup is just so small.  As for the calamari, the batter was a little plain, but the squid was just perfectly tender.  But a squirt of the grilled lemon and tomato dipping sauce made up for that!  It should also be noted that we didn’t get bread =( which would have been great to dip in the soup.

Next up, fish!

Grilled Trout Oscar – Crab meat, tomato bearnaise, mashed potatoes and asparagus

Barbequed Salmon – House made BBQ glaze, roasted corn sauce, crispy onions mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach

YUM!  Both were just delicious.  Different styles and tastes that were just done perfectly.  The fish was cooked to just flaking, and the flavors all blended so well.  For the trout, there was something in the sauce, I think mango, that added this interesting “hmmmm” that went with the salty taste from the skin.  As for the salmon, having a bite of everything at once with the corn sauce was just……delectable.

Dessert, they always look so good, but you’re always just too full to try one.  So this is a great chance to satisfy that sweet tooth!

New York Cheesecake – Strawberry compote, whipped cream
Chocolate Mousse Cake – Raspberry and chocolate sauce, seasonal berries

Alrighty, it’s late, I need some sleep…..playing too much Infamous 2!


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