posted on March 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm
I have been dying to get over to Holeman & Finch for brunch ever since I heard the gastropub was serving its famed burger. The brunch did not disappoint. The menu is succinct, but designed to satisfy all the usual sweet, salty, fatty and crunchy Sunday cravings. I had a wicked punch made with an Italian cherry liqueur, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine and something else (citrus juice?) that I cannot remember. The bar serves the punch in a traditional punch glass with a solitary ice cube. You can also order pitchers if you are with a group or just incredibly thirsty. Nice. We ordered a few dishes, but let’s just get to the dish I know you want to see: the burger.
Et Voila. The burger evoked the usual moan-inducing deliciousness that tempts you to abandon all self-control and get a second. But I was good. Sigh. I do have to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of the onion rings that came with the burger. They were a tad floppy and most of the batter–while seasoned well–was left in the fryer.
My friend ordered the only egg dish on the menu, a piece of baguette topped with poached eggs, hollandaise and rillon (those chunky pork chunks). I didn’t grab a taste–I was greedily stuffing the burger in my mouth–but he seemed to like it. I think I heard him let out a couple of yummy noises.
I love this salad during normal service. The candied bacon just sets it off. Today’s lettuce was a tad dry versus the others I’ve had in the past. But I’ll give the kitchen a pass since it was slammed; there was a crowd outside before the restaurant even opened their doors.
I l-o-v-e all of Holeman’s terrines and this was no exception. My friend had tasted it before and insisted we get it. The terrine was made out of corned beef tongue, which wasn’t overly tongue-y. Each bite of the homemade mustard bursted with vinegar and mustard seeds. The fire-tinged tang against the fat of the terrine was so satisfying I almost forgot to eat the bread.
Verdict: Brunch addicts (like myself) should rejoice there is such a modern and fun locale with seriously solid fare. Just get there early because the place fills up fast. Everyone seemed to be eating burgers, but the kitchen makes 70 so you should be straight if you catch them on the early side. Go now.
Address: 2277 Peachtree Road