In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Ration & Dram , the new Kirkwood spot by Andy Minchow. It has many of the elements of successful independent establishments. You’ll find a seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients and particular emphasis on the beverage program. You’ll find the en vogue cast-iron serveware and an interior replete with wooden accents and stained concrete flooring.
Yet, Ration & Dram seems to lack a unifying vision, and what’s left feels like a jumble of contradictions. It’s touted as a kid-friendly restaurant but has mostly high-top table seating (a parent’s nightmare). Despite its focus on cocktails, there are too many lackluster concoctions. And the menu is in transition, with new chef Rod Lassiter moving from a loose vegetarian-focus (with items like the grain bowl chock full of veggies) to also having what Lassiter calls “progressive Southern” fare (think cracklin’ pork belly).
The neighborhood will likely find a way to use this restaurant, rooting out the best items like that pork belly swirled with orange, sorghum, bourbon and ginger or the ranch-dip-like chilled celery soup. I gave it a grade of 1 star.
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-- by Jenny Turknett, Atlanta Restaurant Scene