In this week's AJC, Ration & Dram, the Kirkwood spot from Holeman & Finch alum Andy Minchow receives one star:
Ration & Dram has many of the elements of successful independent establishments. You'll find a seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients and particular emphasis on the beverage program. You'll also find the en vogue cast-iron serveware and an interior replete with wooden accents and stained concrete flooring.
Yet [...] my sixth sense found something missing — essential features that come together in the soulful way of a restaurant with a well-defined personality like Holeman & Finch.
Ration & Dram seems to lack a unifying vision, and what's left feels like a jumble of contradictions.
THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: John Kessler takes a look at Ratio Bakeshop and La Calavera, two "speakeasy bakeries," aka under-advertised, newly brick-and-mortar bakeries in Decatur. For Creative Loafing, the Blissful Glutton praises the $15 one-trip-only vegan lunch buffet at Juicy Jenny; Brad Kaplan likes (and gets the recipe for) the dirty farro at One Eared Stag; and Cliff Bostock eats his way around Poncey-Highland, visiting Majestic Diner, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Soul Vegetarian, Atlanta Cupcake Factory, Righteous Room, Cafe 640, and Flip Burger Boutique. Breslanta heads OTP to examine Seed and Common Quarter, and Burgers, Barbecue, and Everything Else enjoys the Illegal Food burger at Joystick Gamebar.
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