The Nitty Gritty
- Price is for one person
- Must be 21 or older to enjoy the adult beverages
- Must redeem within 90 days of purchase
- Must bring ID to redeem
- Gratuity and tax not included with purchase and will be based on full retail value
Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein and front-of-house veteran Jeremy Iles had been best buds and industry cohorts for nearly a decade when they decided to open a restaurant of their own. After concluding that Atlanta was in need of an American brasserie, the pair opened the doors of The Luminary in Krog Street market in 2014 – fittingly naming their first restaurant after the city’s first newspaper. Dining inside The Luminary is akin to being transported to a French bistro with just the right amount of Southern flavor thrown in.
The Luminary’s menu perfectly rides the line between casual and refined, and this is exhibited nowhere better than in their take on the poutine, a classic French-Canadian dish consisting of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Chef Eli describes the meal as a delicious mix of trashy comfort food and classy fine cuisine: hand-cut fries are smothered in a traditional breakfast sausage gravy and topped with Wisconsin cheddar curds. Its cheesy, starchy, white gravy-smothered goodness brings to mind some of our favorite southern meat-and-three cooking, while the quality of the ingredients used and the detailed execution of the dish bring to mind the best in French-inspired cuisine. And for our vegetarian friends, The Luminary substitutes sausage gravy with their housemade mornay sauce for a tasty meat-free masterpiece.
Nothing washes down a hearty feast like a cold craft beer, but with The Luminary’s extensive and thoroughly sourced beer list, how can we be expected to choose just one? Never fear, beer flights are here! Mix and match your own selection of 4oz pours to pair with your poutine. The draft list is updated monthly with new selections of pale ales, stouts, porters, and every conceivable beer variety from local, regional, and national craft brewers – not to mention a great selection of Belgian ales and saisons - so we suggest getting adventurous and trying some new things when putting together your flight.After draining a few beers and finishing off a poutine, your appetite will no doubt be awakened, which means it might be time to take a gander at the raw bar, which is always stocked with 8 to 20 varieties of fresh oysters, all of which go great with beer. The Luminary also has several fresh seasonal vegetables dishes on the menu, like fried cauliflower and okra, which are ideal for some light, post-poutine snacking.