K+D moved into the old Nava space at One Buckhead Plaza (my favorite building that I have worked in). I was never a big Nava fan, but I have never understood "high end" southwest cuisine either. Go to Nuevo Laredo and save yourself $50.
One of the great things I like about Fry's strategy is this. Everybody seemed to have been running away from Buckhead, now Kevin Rathbun and Ford Fry are trying to tap into the sacred land of The Buckhead Life Group. I guess Richard Blais opened up a Flip Burger in Buckhead, but I still remain unimpressed with Flip and its multiple reincarnations.
Aesthetically, King + Duke doesn't have any peers. The dining room is cozy and intimate and the kitchen design is to put it bluntly, bad ass. Diners in that area have a wide open view of the kitchen and there is a complete feel of transparency from inception to completion. It's not as open as Gunshow, but aesthetically superior.
|Steel and Wheels. Have you ever seen a cooler kitchen?|
The one thing I did like about Nava is the patio and K+D have taken said patio to a new level.
|Coziness and comfort are the themes here|
|Fat Tire Onion Soup and Bone Marrow? Wilma!!!|
There are so many wonderful varieties of meat on the menu, I tried to request a Meat Helmet to go, but it fell on deaf ears. One of my favorite comedic quotes remains, "In the Spring we would make Meat Helmets." "My father also claimed to have invented the question mark."
For our main dish, Dan and I went large. Both literally and figuratively and ordered "The King." 2nd Warning! The following image may be paralyzing to vegetarians.
|We should have named this thing|
|The King is in the Neighborhood!|
For sides we had the Crispy Torn Potato Salad, Snap Peas (with pancetta of course) and the Mushroon "Wood Roast" with Robiola in a skillet. The mushrooms were delicious, big and varied in style and size. The other side dishes were good, but not great.
I wish I could tell you I tried more menu items, but my body wouldn't let me. If you have never heard of the "meat sweats," you will find out what they are if you order "The King!"
Addendum to the next 3 paragraphs: I went back to King + Duke yesterday and I can tell you the service was phenomenal. Even better was the burger. It's a 9oz Dry Aged Angus Beef Chuck and the onions were sauteed to perfection. I think it will be a strong "Best Burger in Atlanta" candidate.
|It was so good I ate half of it before I took a picture!|
|One word: Awesome|
In my opinion, there is more than enough room for new and great restaurants in Buckhead. With the Buckhead Village construction back under way, there is going to be a Buckhead revival soon. I'm glad to see the King + Duke on the forefront of that movement. I'll be back this week.
Though, this does not mean Ray Lewis is invited back to Buckhead. Sorry, still bitter.
So go give the King + Duke their due and try out this fine establishment.
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