2. New York Prime's onion rings
What list would be complete without the presence of some massive onion rings to weigh down a table? NY Prime gets this distinction and because everything seems to live larger than life at this Buckhead staple, it makes perfect sense. Make sure you congratulate GM and proud Bostonian Bobby Donlan on the Pats' Super Bowl win; it was "wicked awesome" and so are these perfectly breaded sweet onions that make up this side to pair perfectly with first class steak and lobster.
3. Hal's on Old Ivy's pasta asciutta
What am I doing going to Hal's for pasta? I'll tell you what I'm doing, I'm getting the perfect complement to the finest filet on the planet. This perfectly cooked angel hair pasta is as simple and perfect as it gets. Olive oil, reggiano parmesan and a beautifully light marinara help make a perfect Atlanta night out even more special. Martinis flowing, piano man playing, pasta swirling on my fork… ahhh, all is right in the world.
4. The Palm's creamed spinach
The late GM Willy Celucci was the legend that put the Atlanta Palm on the map. But it's the quality and care they still give their customers and insane creamed spinach that keeps the regulars coming back. The creamed spinach at The Palm is as it should be, full of butter and cream and dare I say a hint of cheese that makes this as delectable and decadent as one could imagine. I like to include it on virtually every bite, from dipping the fresh bread in it to adding it to the end of your fork with your NY strip attached. It all works. Oh, and the secret ingredient, believe it or not, is nutmeg!
5. Chop's creamy curly mac and smoked Gouda
The beauty of a night at Chop's comes from a million places, but when you are sinking into one of the greatest steaks ever, how can you not want a little mac n' cheese to take it up a notch? The highlight of your evening may be when you dip your spoon in this bowl of creamy, cheesy comfort food and lay it down on your plate. The dish always works but that Gouda, mmmm. That is what gets it in the Hall of Fame.
To be fair, there are countless steakhouse side dishes we may have missed and that is the beauty of our town and this type of food. I always love to hear about ones you think should have made the cut, pun intended.