On Saturday night my parents came down to babysit and Dallas and I went out to dinner at Parachute, a trendy Korean and American spot in Avondale that I’ve been hearing about for a long time. The buzz is loud (last year Parachute was a finalist for the 2015 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award and this year they earned a Michelin Star.) and the reservations weren’t easy, but we got in.
I had talked to Bryan ahead of time about what to order and without hesitation he said “the bread,” which was like “really??,” but I have to say, the bread was AMAZING. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and so soft and rich, filled with potatoes, scallions, and bacon on the inside. The smear was sour cream butter! I also really loved the pork belly and mung bean pancake topped with kimchi, garlic, an egg and pineapple. Everything was good. Dallas loved the house pickles and the super briny oysters. The squid was soft and perfectly cooked, the broiled monkfish was super decadent. By the time we got to the bi bim bap, we realized we over ordered. The bi bim bap was great and served traditionally in a hot stone bowl, just the way we like it, but there was no way we were finishing it, let alone getting dessert!
We enjoyed our meal a lot. And it was cool to see Beverly Kim, the chef/owner walking around and helping out wherever needed, refilling water and whatnot. Our server was very attentive and super nice.
After dinner we met up with Kelly, Todd, Brian and Sara at Sparrow in the Gold Coast. I spotted this sign there. I liked Sparrow, it was a fancy, cozy cocktail bar.
Then we headed to meet even more friends at The Betty in the Fulton Market District.