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The Pig & The Pearl

1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Ste. 14180 (17th St.) Send to Phone
Smoked fare is the high point at Atlantic Station’s The Pig & The Pearl.

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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The Pig & The Pearl, Atlanta, GA

The Pig & The Pearl Restaurant Review

: Cindy Shera and Todd Martin, owners-spouses who also operate The Shed at Glenwood, launched a unique concept at The Pig & The Pearl, featuring the products of the kitchen, the smokehouse and the raw bar. Oysters come from a variety of exotic sources and the accompanying mignonette respects their flavors, but we prefer simple lemon. Try a croquette crafted from house-made pimento cheese, crisp on the outside while soft and cheesy on the inside as it rides a tomato coulis beneath, and the pork belly with its melting fat layer and sweet, moist meat. Smoked items highlight tender brisket, which gets lightly grilled before being served atop a bed of vegetables and a light barbecue-style sauce. Choose from chicken wings and the St. Louis cut ribs, properly seasoned so they don't need sauce; the sauce is basically Kansas City-style, medium bodied and with varying degrees of heat. Desserts range from a classic crème brûlée to a rich chocolate banana pudding served in parfait fashion. Good coffee makes a fine companion, but there are other options, including wines from a list that is short but well chosen; the Boschendal still rosé, for instance, is a fine foil for the food. Rock on over from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day for $1 oysters at happy hour. Brunch dishes are substantial.


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