At the beginning of June, I had the honour of spending a week with my fabulous friend Alayna of Thyme Bombe in Atlanta, Georgia. I already know I need to go back. Every single restaurant, market, and dessert destination that Alayna and her husband Jeff took me to created paroxysms of glee in my soul, such was the intensity of goodness that Atlanta offers in all things edible.
Plus, I must spend more time with Alayna, her soon-to-be-three-when-the-little-lady-arrives family, and her cats, who may have single-handedly (multiple-pawedly) turned me into a cat person.
On my first night in Atlanta, Alayna, Jeff, and I walked to Leon’s Full Service where, upon seeing the menu, I started near-hyperventilating in excitement. I’ve long been wary of cocktails, finding them either too sweet or too strong, but I knew from the ever-changing cocktail menu at Leon’s that I was in safe hands.
The safest of delicious incredible lemon-bitter-zesty-not-too-strong-so-refreshing cocktail-making hands. What you see above is the bitter in a bottle: st. george botanivore gin, pimm’s no. 1, luxardo bitter, lemon, fever-tree bitter lemon $10, and if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a lightweight and such things are frowned upon, I’d drink it forever.
We ordered a collection of magical dishes from the spring and specials menus, and each made our hearts sing. (Not pictured: chicken schnitzel sandwich: panko-fried, pickled red cabbage slaw, tarragon dijonnaise $13; pub frites with garlic aioli [best. fries. so. far. of. trip.] $4.5; mixed lettuces salad: fingerling potatoes, red onion, nicoise olives, grana padano-garlic vinaigrette $8.)
Above you see the arugula salad: english peas, asparagus, zucchini, radish, benton’s bacon, grana padano, dill–mint buttermilk dressing $8, which was fresh and light.
The fritters: zucchini-pumpkin seed, tahini-lime goat’s milk yogurt $6 were transcendentally better than any fritters I have ever had, ever ever ever. Hot, crisp, savoury, tangy, nutty, aaaaaargh. From, memory, it was this dish that led me to put down my knife and fork, lean towards Alayna and Jeff, and ask intently “How do they get all of the flavours in there? How? How can so many flavours fit inside?!”
And, of course, dessert. Alayna and I are not only sweet tooth sisters, but sweet flavour tooth sisters. This makes the purchasing, sharing, and making of treats a wonderful thing indeed, for we almost always agree on what we want. Hurrah!
For dessert at Leon’s, we ordered the coffee mousse tart, salted caramel, espresso toffee, raspberries $5.5, and it was lovely. My absolute favourite part was the espresso toffee, and I feel I should apologise to Alayna for commandeering most of that crunchy heaven.
Forgive me, Alayna. Your city of wonders is just too good.