Saturday marked the grand reopening of Bar • Food on Habersham in Midtown. The crowds definitely showed up to get a taste of their revamped menu and congratulate co-owners Paula Letcher and Chef John Baker on their successful 8 years since the doors opened.
When we talk about local, they are definitely a prime example. Every person that walked through the door knew John or Paula. In addition to being small business owners, they source their ingredients primarily from home-grown or regional purveyors. Some of their ingredients can be found at the Forsyth Farmers Market on Saturday! Yeah, that’s fresh. For all my healthy peeps, they have absolutely no fryers or cooktops in their kitchen. That means roasted and steamed only. Trust me, you won’t miss the grease!
Alright, let’s talk the new menu. We came during brunch hours (until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) to talk with Chef John. He recommended everything on the menu plus their Bloody Mary Bar. We were not surprised to find our favorite brunch fare -the Eggs Benedict, Pulled Pork Hash, Omelets-, but there were a few stand outs in the line up. Immediately, I was drawn to the largest thing on the menu: The Biscuit Board for Two with four made-from-scratch biscuits, sausage gravy, red eye gravy, honey herb butter, garlic herb butter, local honey strawberry cognac sauce, spiced grape jelly, sausage, ham, AND bacon. Of course, I ordered it! There’s also The Morning Bleu, Lox Canapés, and Salmon and Eggs that were tempting. The ole man ordered Eggs Benedict with ham, and Chef John threw in the Waffle Bowl Parfait for a sweet element.
Needless to say, we were full! The Biscuit Board is definitely something you should get. It comes out and is like the breakfast charcuterie for Southern kings (and queens). It says “for two”, but honestly I’d eat that thing all by myself! The Eggs Benny was seriously one of the best I’ve had. I know that it’s a pretty simple dish. Well, that’s the point! Give me a poached egg, grandma’s biscuit, slice of country ham sandwiched between them, and in-house hollandaise any day, and I’m happy.
We ended with the Waffle Parfaits, which to be honest I had to take home. I couldn’t even begin to eat that after all of the deliciousness we had at the table. You better believe I demolished them later at home! They were crunchy and sweet and juicy all at the same time.
Bar • Food looks great after the renovations. Chef John made our time there memorable with his jokes and passion for good eats! I will be back for dinner shortly as that menu has changed as well. How does Oyster Shooters, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, and Brazilian Steak Skewers sound? Yeah, delicious! Not to mention, the average cost of the dinner menu is $10 plus they’re open till 1 a.m. My kinda place.