659 Auburn Avenue
Located in the Old Fourth Ward historic district, Serpas brings tons of culinary talent to this emerging community. I live in the Midtown/Buckhead area, and am quite guilty about not traveling far beyond my comfort zone. But last night my friend and I decided to try this new place we had heard such good things about.
As soon as we walked through the doors, I was surprised to see how many people were there – the place was completely packed. Everyone else in the neighborhood must have caught on months ago about this new dining gem. Servers, bartenders and the whole restaurant staff were buzzing around. And, to our surprise, we were able to be seated immediately.
Upon being seated, our server promptly greeted us and gave us very helpful recommendations for menu and wine selections. For appetizers, we chose the flash-fried oysters with pickled chiles and mirliton ($10); and crispy duck rolls with chili syrup and five spice ($8). The oysters were some of the best I’ve had in a long while, and the duck rolls were fairly good themselves. My duck was a little dry, but the rest of it was good. Our wine selection was a pinot noir rose – another recommendation from our server. And, a very good selection at that! Very light and fruity, but not too sweet. For entrees, we chose the black grouper with lady peas, applewood smoked bacon and heirloom tomato pico ($22); and the 16 oz Cowboy ribeye with thyme oregano scalloped potatoes, and onion ring tower ($27). Both were very, very flavorful and cooked quite perfectly. The grouper could have been seasoned a little more, but the smoked bacon flavor in the side made it very tasty.
Dessert was a tough decision – so many good selections, we weren’t sure what to get. As much as we thought about ordering the chocolate chip ice cream sandwich ($10), we decided to go with the raisin pecan bread pudding ($10). The bread pudding was served with Portal Tawny 10 year, and was it delicious!
So, now we were filled to the brim with good food and wine, and were ready to go. To our surprise, Chef/Owner Scott Serpas came out to our table to ask us about our meal. What a treat! I love it when the owners/executive chefs make time to speak to their patrons after their meal – it’s a great personable touch.
In conclusion, this place is certainly worth a drive across town. Great food and great service makes Serpas one of my top restaurant choices in Atlanta
Have you been here yet? How did you like it? Please leave your comments below!
Our restaurant critic doesn’t know how to boil water – that’s why she eats out for every meal! Having worked in restaurant PR for over a decade, she’s the one we call when we’re stumped for a dining suggestion – the one who always knows what is new, what is good and what is not so good. She takes her eating seriously so that TICKET readers can enjoy!
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