5&10 in my mind was kind of a mythic restaurant since I haven't been there and I do spend a decent amount of time in Athens. Here is what I knew: 5&10 is Hugh Acheson's signature restaurant. Somehow I have frequented and reviewed The National, Empire State South and Cinco y Diez. This leads to one obvious question. What is wrong with me? How did I skirt around this place for so long?
What is the equivalent of this omission? Frequenting San Antonio and pretending the Alamo doesn't exist? Visiting Peru without seeing Machu Picchu? At the end of the day, I realize I'm just embarrassing myself. There is no good answer.
I will say this Hugh Acheson has earned every accolade and deserves every morsel of success he and his restaurants have enjoyed. And this new-ish location is a perfect backdrop for his signature establishment.
For appetizers, we had the Pimento Cheese made with Bacon Marmalade which is delicious. We combo'd that with their signature Boiled Peanut Hummus which was outstanding.
Then my friend Parker suggested, no insisted, we have the Roasted Octopus made with sweet peppers, fairytale eggplant, pickled watermelon rind, mushroom broth and lamb’s quarter.
|My favorite local appetizer|
Then the waiter highly recommended the "Sock Eye Salmon" with pistachios, charred peppers, petite potatoes, grilled scallion, yogurt and oregano. Yet again, I was blown away with the dish. I have never had salmon prepared and as tasty as this dish. Again, I mean EVER.
|Top 5 All Time Entree|
I don't have enough superlatives to describe my experience. Just go.
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