Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Taste Tuesday: Parish, the Brasserie and Neighborhood Café

Parish, theBrasserie and Neighborhood Café, is a beloved Inman Park restaurant that specializes in elevated American cuisine. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it’s really known for its brunch.

Read on to see what makes Parish’s brunch menu so special and why this restaurant is worth the trek through busy Inman Park on Sunday mornings.

WHY GO:
Because you want a casual-yet-lovely brunch in a great setting. The interior of Parish is gorgeous, and there’s a shaded patio overlooking the Atlanta Beltline
The bar at Parish (c) Anna Lanfreschi

THE VIBE:
On the inside, this restaurant is a bit reminiscent of New Orleans, with exposed brick walls, wooden shutters, and chandelier lighting. Parish is situated in a restored pipe factory building and does a great job of fusing historic elements into its décor. Outside, a cute patio offers plenty of shade.
The outside patio at Parish (c) Anna Lanfreschi

DRINK THIS:
Try the London Dry Chai cocktail.

Don’t let the name or the ingredients spook you – yes, this drink is made with gin, lemon, and chai syrup, but it is not overwhelmingly gin-y or tea-y. It’s actually very mild and a great option if you don’t like sweet cocktails. And it complements brunch dishes surprisingly well.
The London Dry Chai cocktails: gin, lemon, chai syrup. Not too sweet and great for brunch (c) Anna Lanfreschi

EAT THIS:
#PROTIP: Definitely, absolutely, 100% start with Parish’s sweet potato cinnamon roll!

Simply put, it is fantastic! Perfectly gooey and not too sweet, it’s an excellent start to your brunch at Parish.
The sweet potato cinnamon roll (center), Eggs  Hemingway (bottom), and Monte Cristo (top) at Parish (c) Anna Lanfreschi

For the main entrée, I loved the Eggs Hemingway.

This dish is a take on the classic Eggs Benedict, but made with house-smoked salmon and wilted spinach. Of course, it’s topped with perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, and served with your choice of grits or potatoes. I got the grits and am happy to report that Parish has the good kind of grits – they’re flavorful and not at all runny.
The Eggs Hemingway -- fantastic brunch dish at Parish in Atlanta (c) Anna Lanfreschi

Other great brunch options include the Monte Cristo sandwich and the acai smoothie bowl. Even though I didn’t try it, the crab omelette also looked excellent.

LOGISTICS:
Parish islocated in Inman Park at 240 North Highland Avenue. It is adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline, so you can easily walk/bike/scoot here. If you’re driving, valet parking is available, but it has a two-hour limit. Street parking is also an option, though it tends to be near impossible to find on a nice day (or if there’s an event).

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