The 57TH Fighter Group Restaurant
3829 Clairmont Road (@Peachtree-DeKalb Airport)
Atlanta, GA, 30341
I didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived for dinner at The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. I had definitely heard a lot about the restaurant’s unique location and history over the years, but wondered if it would still be the same after its renovation in 2009.
The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant is known for its WWII aviation-themed atmosphere, and that is quite clear as soon as you arrive. Army jeeps greet you as you pull down the restaurant’s driveway and the theme continues with an actual airplane located just outside the front door. As we walked in, the incredible history behind the 57th Fighter Group immediately hit us. Old photos and antique memorabilia lined the walls while 1940’s jazz music played throughout the space.
After taking in all of the design details, we were thrilled when our hostess led us to our table in front of one of the large windows with an incredible view of the Atlanta DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The sun had just set and the lights and sounds of the airport were taking the place of all dinner conversation. Our server first gave us an insightful rundown on the restaurant’s renovation and new menu items and then took our orders.
We decided to try the roasted garlic hummus ($7) for our appetizer. My dinner date also ordered a bowl of The 57th’s Classic Beer Cheese Soup ($5.50) and a glass of Benton Lane Pinot Noir ($12). The hummus, which is made at the restaurant daily, was served with diced tomatoes, kalamata olives and grilled flat bread. I was afraid the garlic flavor of the hummus might be too powerful, but the combination of all the accompaniments made for a great pre-dinner dish. My friend also really enjoyed the soup and was glad the server suggested it as one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items.
I ordered the seared duck breast ($22) for my entrée, and my friend went with the bourbon salmon ($17). The duck was prepared with a sweet and spicy glaze that packed a powerful punch of flavor I wasn’t expecting. It was served with a side of creamy blue cheese grits and sautéed spinach which seemed to really balance the dish. My friend said the sweet flavor of the bourbon salmon truly made his meal and the green beans and rosemary red potatoes were well-seasoned.
Although we were pretty full after our entrees, the dessert options were something we just couldn’t turn down. We opted to split the goat cheese cheesecake with citrus berry coulis and sweetened crème fraîche ($7). It was just enough for both of us and a great way to end the night.
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