It was Easter Sunday. And, I needed to see this
teddy bear dog.
Barkley’s owners are our great friends, the Sands. We wanted to see them, too, of course. They recommended that we have brunch at nearby Atmosphere Bistro and then head down to the Chattahoochee River Trails for Barkley’s first swimming lesson. To me, that sounded like the best. day. ever.
So, we met at Atmosphere pre-church crowd rush. It was my first time at the restaurant, but even before setting foot inside I knew four things about it.
1 – I pass by it driving on Piedmont (Morningside intersection) almost every single day.
2 – It’s a French bistro that has won a lot of local dining awards.
3 – The patio looks like a great place to have dinner or brunch cocktails.
4 – Everyone I know who has tried it has recommended it to me.
Here’s a picture of Atmosphere at night. So impossibly cute.
Anyway, we successfully snagged a table on the patio and ordered up some champagne cocktails + coffee.
We literally wanted to order everything on the menu. It all sounded so splendid! We ultimately decided on two appetizers to share – both of which I strongly recommend.
Crab with avocado, tomato + pineapple chutney served in a martini glass.
Breaded + fried brie with an arugula salad. OOOOMMMMGGGG. Awesomesauce, y’all!
After we’d effectively wet our whistles with a few cups of coffee, brunch-y cocktails, and delicious appetizers, we quickly eased on to our entrees. The Sands both settled on Benedictine: poached eggs benedict over toasted bread, ham, and hollandaise sauce, served with homemade French fries and mixed greens. A perfect brunch-on-a-patio dish.
Kevin selected the L’Omelette du Jour which happened to be filled that day with thick cut bacon. There were no complaints from his side of the table. His omelet arrived with French fries Oeufs and mixed greens, as well. Kev thought that Atmosphere’s French fries were spectacular! (Obviously cooked in duck fat and with love.) He was thoroughly impressed.
I ordered the Carpaccio de boeuf: thin slices of raw Kobe beef with shaved Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. Simple and delightful. I was very pleased with my selection.
By the end of the meal, we were completely stuffed. I was so glad that the Sands suggested we try Atmosphere, and now the delicious restaurant is no longer just a quaint house with a sign that I pass by on Piedmont each day, but rather a destination for really enjoyable French cuisine. I am looking forward to going back to try their dinner menu, and taste their famous French Onion soup!
Shortly after brunch, we headed out to the Chattahoochee with Barkley – who had been patiently awaiting our return.
I’m sure you will all be pleased to know that he is a total water pup and had a very successful first swimming lesson! The Sands are sure to become river regulars!
Hoping that everyone had as lovely of an Easter as we did!
1620 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324
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