We're calling it a dinner but The Pig and The Pearl's surf and turf meal is more like feast.
A few years ago, Atlantic Station made their tagline “a city within a city.” And in a lot of ways, that’s what it is. ATL residents in Midtown and beyond can easily take in a movie, shop some shops and swing by the grocery store in a single weeknight thanks to this clever mass of mixed use acreage. For a long time, however, the dining options left something to be desired, with nary a local option to speak of. How could our city within in a city have such a deficiency of distinctly Atlantan cuisine?
Upon opening two years ago, the Pig and the Pearl, with its menu of Southern smokehouse classics (and craft cocktails to boot), finally began satisfying Atlantic Station’s appetite for homegrown dining concepts. They serve heaping platters of smoky, meaty goodness as well as fresh seafood dishes like raw oysters and smoked trout. Owner Cindy was inspired to open this upscale sanctuary of “surf and turf” simply because it seemed like the easiest way to share her favorite foods – traditional BBQ and American coastal delicacies – with her fellow locals year ‘round. Her mom helped her think up the name and soon she was ready to take Atlantic Station by storm. Today she incorporates local ingredients into her menu wherever possible, from Georgia shrimp to Tucker Farms vegetables. Doesn’t really get more homegrown than that.
While the Pig and the Pearl’s location is quite convenient to shopping and show-going, the deal Cindy’s cooked up for this limited time dinner is certainly worth a trip all on its own. The glorified feast includes 3 courses and 2 cocktails which we highly recommended sipping out on the shady, brick-paved patio. Course #1 is an oversized cobb salad teeming with those Tucker Farms veggies we mentioned before. Quick FYI – the greens arrive to the premises with roots attached and are stored in water until use which means they’re practically picked-to-eat. Course #2 goes by the name of the Smoke Stack and consists of a mountainous presentation of pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken wings and king crab legs so you can enjoy a sampling of everything they do best. Finally, they’ll leave you with their signature banana puddin’ – the perfect sweet something to represent what makes this little piggy our new destination for downhome comfort food made with a few creative quirks.