P’cheen, a “backpocket” restaurant

I love to explore new places to dine. But sometimes you want a sure thing. I’ve mentioned before that I have a few restaurants that I keep in my head where I KNOW I can take someone and impress them with a meal. I consider them “backpocket” restaurants–places I can always count on. P’cheen International Bistro, in the Old Fourth Ward, is one of these. The food is great, the service excellent, it’s a moonshine bar, and they’ve got DJs spinning music later in the evenings.

Friday night a friend and I were going to Dad’s Garage for their final weekend in Inman Park. I left the car on the Inman/O4W Bridge (just over the Beltline) so we could park just once. Dinner was spectacular, as always. Thanks Alex.

We started with the Pork Belly Nigiri, a creation of Alex Freidman. Tasty, tender. You could make a meal just on these babies. The new menu featuring small plates makes it easy to chose several things, though.
We started with the Pork Belly Nigiri, a creation of Alex Freidman. Tasty, tender. You could make a meal just on these babies. The new menu featuring small plates makes it easy to chose several things, though.
I have the Korean Dip sandwich with au jus. A great deal at just $8, piled with meat. The kitchen hides a few jalapeños in there, so look out!
I have the Korean Dip sandwich with au jus. A great deal at just $8, piled with meat. The kitchen hides a few jalapeños in there, so look out!
My dining partner had the steak of the day: dry aged (in house!) Rib Eye, topped with locally grown chanterelles and a wine sauce along with house fries. I couldn't talk her into a moonshine cocktail, but I had one.
My dining partner had the steak of the day: dry aged (in house!) Rib Eye, topped with locally grown chanterelles and a wine sauce along with house fries. I couldn’t talk her into a moonshine cocktail, but I had one.
Dessert: bacon ice cream sandwich, between French toast slices and toped with maple syrup!
Dessert: bacon ice cream sandwich, between French toast slices and toped with maple syrup!

 

Next Stone Soup cabaret, August 9,10

In July, Stone Soup, a popular Grant Park restaurant, started a monthly cabaret show hosted by my friend Clay Spurz and his company of performers. It was a grand time. One of the highlights was Joe Kelly, accompanied by Spurz, reciting the poem Nevermore, as seen in this YouTube video below. The August Buffet and Cabaret will be Friday August 9th and Saturday the 10th. This time Alana Cheshire will join Joe Kelly, “Scooter” Fredman and Spurz with lots of new songs and scenes.

Call Stone Soup Kitchen (584 Woodward Ave SE  Atlanta, GA 30312) for reservations: 404 228-1763. Tickets are $30 and the buffet opens at 6:30p, show starts at 7:30p. Price includes dinner, show and one drink from the bar.

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