Howells (And Not Mr. And Mrs.)

You may not believe this, but “The Beast” was restless and needed to eat. Shocking, right? Needless to say we wondered upon Howells Kitchen and Bar located at 1962 Howell Mill Rd. Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia. It is an American style restaurant serving a modern twist on classic appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizzas. The term Gastropub quickly comes to mind. They offer a full bar and a variety of beers on tap. Several of the beers available are from local breweries.

As you walk through the door, there is a large bar on the left and a dining room straight ahead. As you turn the corner you will enter the second dining area with a semi-open kitchen concept. There is also an abundant of outdoor seating. From the exterior to the interior you will notice a lot of clean lines with the construction and décor. On this day we decided to eat indoors and took our seats in the second dining room.

Shortly after taking being seated, we were greeted by our server. “The Beast” needed to wet his whistle and selected a pint of the “SweeWater 420”. SweetWater brewing is a local brewery in Atlanta that was founded in 1997. The 420 is their most popular beer. It is an extra pale ale with floral and herbal notes that is 5.7% alcohol by volume. While sipping on this wonderful brew, we placed our orders.

As an appetizer the choice that made was the Korean beef spring rolls. They are prepared with bulgogi ribeye, kimchi, Monterey cheese served with gochujang salsa and siracha ranch dipping sauces. The beef was extremely tender that paired wonderfully with the kimchi. Both sauces were extremely tasty, however I was partial to the siracha ranch. Keep in mind there wasn’t any left of the spring rolls or the sauces.

Entrees varied greatly for the table. Luckily this gave us a great indication of the quality and diversity of the dishes. At one end of the table was “Fish and Chips”. The batter was crispy with cod as the choice of fish. As you bit into it, you were able to taste all the flavor of the Cod.

Next along the table was the arugula and goat cheese salad with grilled salmon. The salmon was perfectly grilled, tender and juicy. The arugula salad had roasted beets, spring lettuce, strawberries, red onions, spicy cashews, radish with a citrus vinaigrette. If you are looking to enjoy a refreshing salad, I would strongly recommend this dish.

They have several pizzas on the menu, so it was imperative that one was ordered. The choice was their “Heirloom Pizza”. It was made with fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, house cheese, extra virgin oil oil, oregano with a balsamic drizzle. The pizza was light and the dough was fluffy with a delightful crispiness to it.

That leaves the burger. It had to be done. I know I’m Catholic and it was lent. But I needed to break the religious view of not eating meat on Good Friday to try it. “The Beast” compelled me and I succumbed to his craving. The decision of which burger to order was simple. It was the “Howell Burger”. If a place is confident enough to name a burger after the establishment, then it is only right to respect their decision and consume it. It was a half pound certified angus beef and shaved ribeye burger. On top of the burger was American cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, house brined bread & butter pickles, pickled chili and jalapeno aioli served on a brioche bun. The burger was ordered medium rare and that is exactly how it arrived to the table. As you bit into the burger the combination of flavors exploded in your mouth as the juice ran down your fingers. You had the spiciness of the jalapeno aioli and the pickled chili contrasting wonderfully with the sweetens of to the pickles. This was a three napkin burger and worth my sinful behavior.

To wash down the burger I selected another local beer. The choice was the “Scofflaw Basement”. Scofflaw brewing is also located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Basement is a citrus IPA that is 7.5% alcohol by volume and pairs excellent with a hamburger. “Scofflaw Brewery” has a tap room where you can go to and try their beers. It is already on my list of places to visit on my next journey to Atlanta.

Our experience was well above average. Howell’s Kitchen and Bar delivers on attentive service, excellent food at a reasonable price in a comfortable atmosphere. If you live in the area or just visiting and want to grab some food on the fly for a variety for all pallets, I would definitely tell you to stop at Howell’s Kitchen and Bar.

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