Abattoir is another word for . . . . slaugghterhouse. Yep. Where animals become meat. Where they are killed. Yep. And yet. . . . while that is what this wikipedia article is about, what this little essay is about is a restaurant in Atlanta. It's name? Abattoir. And no, they do not just serve meat, though they definitely serve meat.And yes, it is located in part of what used to be a meat packing plant.
First, the ambience. Located in a sort of out of the way midtown location that seems to be in the midst of a sort of arehouse gentrification, Abattoir is a huge building that seems like it should be echo-y. Not so much. It is a cross between elegant and . . . . cement floors. The menus included all sorts of food in jars (we ordered kim chee -- see below), variously prepared offal (I lost my nerve; again see below), and drinks, and desserts and more. All in all -- the place smelled great, the food was dandy, and it was -- not so expensive!
Among the things we had: pork crackling type things called crispy fried pork fritters that turned out to be light and lovely. They were accompanied with a sort of pepper relish. Mmmmm. And we also had some sausage to start. And then we -- well, we could not decide -- so we let the waiter decide. So we had some sort of pork belly entree (shared). Wow. Not to mention the kimchee -- we consumed an entire bottle and then bought one to go (which, alas, leaked in the suitcase on the way home, but that is a tale for another day -- maybe never). And we had drinks and wine and a cheese course with dandy cheeses. And dessert. Chess pie. And yes, I got a bacon cookie that was supposed to come with some other dessert but we talked them in to one on the side. Bacon is, truly, good with virtually anything. Mmmm. We ate. A lot. We drank pretty darn much too from a nice wine list and mixed drinks (which were not so powerful as to ruin dinner). I think I had a japalac. We did all this for a total of $150. (Okay, plus tip. But the total included drinks for 3 people we knew who were several tables away.) It was amazing. The menu changes -- as it is local and organic and all that. But the relevant menu is not badly represented by that on their web site or by those available (for example) at urban spoon, which you can get to by clicking below.
For Yelp reviews, click here. And for another, click here -- which among other things let's you know that one of the lead chefs is a woman. And just google away -- there are loads of reviews. None will quite match up to the experience -- but if you are in Atlanta -- try it!
Address: 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia