I may not be a true food critic, but if you live in 30327 or 30339 and have not been to these restaurants you’re really missing something. I crave the organic burger cooked on the Big Green Egg smoker and just about every special they come up with.
I still haven’t been to one of the Sunday brunches at Local Three but its on my list of must do’s. They are usually booked a couple of weeks out, but you know everything will be “special”… they smoke their own bacon! Anyway, I highly recommend it and enjoyed this review so I thought you would too.
A Review of Local Three from Christina & The Kitchen
Local Three was opened by three locals … Ryan Turner, Todd Mussman and Chris Hall. Todd and Ryan are from Food Studio (and that pretty much explains why I LOVE this place, right there … FS was one of my all time faves!), and Chris was the chef at the Sundial Restaurant.
Todd and Ryan are the fathers of the famed Muss & Turners in Smyrna. I believe the three met at a charity event, and talked beer, wine and pig, and, while Chris was thinking about opening his own place, LOCAL THREE was born. It’s said that Todd & Chris = “Back o’ the House” and Ryan = “Front o’ the House”, but I’ll tell ya, they all three feel like the whole thing is their sole responsibility. For instance, Chris has welcomed me at my table a couple of times, and came out to greet patrons I’ve sent in, too. Good Folks, these guys.
They’ve got a great thing going, driven by an awesome philosophy, which is, plain as day, out there for everyone to see: People Matter Most. Local is Priority. Seasonal Makes Sense. Authenticity Rules. Quality Governs. Delicious Trumps. Pretense Stinks. Comfort Feels Good. Appreciation Tasted Better. Prudence Sustains It All.
Get it? WOW — that right there makes me want to hang out with them (and eat, of course)!
So … I decided that I’d let the rest of Atlanta have a taste of what I got and realize what a gem they have right there, on the northside of town, and wrote a review on YELP! And wouldn’t you know … Chef Chris wrote me a nice little note back!
Here’s my review of Local Three:
They had me at their Daily Operating Philosophy.
Chef Chris Hall and Todd and Ryan (of Muss & Turner’s) have this one NAILED! They’ve opened Local Three in the old Joel location – but don’t let that steer you away … Fortunate to have a fab kitchen, I don’t think they changed much there, but the decor was just so “last year”, as was the food. Local Three looks and feels not one bit like Joel, and I couldn’t have been more impressed.
I had the opportunity to visit Local Three last week and was completely blown away. I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and have a discerning palate for all types of food – boiled peanuts and popcorn included. Their bar “snacks” are fun, not fussy. (yes, I said “boiled peanuts” – YUM).
The bar was warm, inviting, yet a little elegant. PERFECT for a drop in drink, a drink before dinner and even dinner! The selection of beer was outrageous (I was warned) as was the bourbon and whiskey list. We chose a nice bottle of wine (I’m not too knowledgeable on the brown stuff), although, the cocktail list was also quite impressive. The service, even though they were pretty tight, was awesome – I felt like we were the only two in the place – we never had to ask for a thing.
Our lobster gnocchi, grilled flatiron, pan seared (Georgia) trout, salads – EVERYthing – was perfect.
Atlanta needs more places like this. The place is “just right” (which I think is what the boys want it to be). It’s a bit of a local place, a bit of a night out for dinner place, and even more so, a place you want to come back to soon.
Go. Now. Be prepared to “sit deep and stay long” – they live by their philosophy and they want to get to know you … I can attest to this.