The List: Wisteria
I've always been slightly amused (and secretly happy) that Southern-themed restaurants often serve the "vegetable plate" with Macaroni & Cheese. What's that all about? Let me know if you have any theories...
Still, the lure of pasta not withstanding, I'm a carnivore so I rarely opt for a veggie plate. Fortunately, The List has pushed me out of the meat rut, first at Restaurant Eugene, (part of the 2011 list) then a few weeks ago at Wisteria in Inman Park.
Wisteria is one of those places we swing through about once a year, and we ALWAYS leave saying we need to eat there more often. The menu is farm-to-table seasonal (code for fresh and delicious), and the service is always perfectly attentive. The neighborhood vibe feels as though most of the crowd are regulars, and darn if I don't want to join them!
We started with the mussels in a roasted tomato and garlic sauce. Scrumptious... especially the toasted croutons. Billy stuck with a meat option, a pork tenderloin with a sweet potato soufflé. He loved it, and my one bite proved the meat was juicy and flavorful.However, in a surprising turn of events, the vegetable platter steals the spotlight of dinner. The oh-so-smart approach of Wisteria is to serve ALL of the vegetable sides (so this doesn't include their mac & cheese!) on one plate! This means you get the Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Creamed Corn Succotash, Sweet Corn Pudding, Bacon Braised Collard Greens , Grilled Asparagus, Green Beans, and Sweet Potato Soufflé!What's not to love about THAT assortment of food?!
Even if you're not into veggie plates, The List has your back on this one!