A volunteer-run organization, Open Hand Atlanta works to help people prevent or manage chronic diseases through balanced, nutritious diets. With the motto of, “It’s About More than a Meal,” this organization delivers restaurant-quality, preservative-free meals daily all over the Atlanta area. Each year, they work together with restaurants all throughout Atlanta to create Dining Out for Life, a fundraising event where people can dine at the participating restaurants of their choices for any (or all 3!) meals that day, with the knowledge that 25% or more of their bill will be donated by the restaurant to benefit Open Hand.
This year, Dining Out for Life took place on April 24, 2013 with 100 participating restaurants. Always happy for an excuse to eat at someplace new, I quickly browsed through the list of restaurants for a place to eat dinner. Given that finals were fast approaching, I remained mindful of the distance of the restaurant. I decided on 10th & Piedmont for both their interesting menu and close proximity.
Named for their location, the intersection of 10th street and Piedmont Avenue, 10th & Piedmont made parking, a common nightmare in Midtown, easy with their own, private lot. Inside, a host promptly greeted us and led us to a seat at the front of the restaurant. My friend and I marveled at the clearness of one of the large windows. As we got closer, we quickly realized that it was actually an opened window spanning the entirety of the wall.
Our friendly and welcoming waitress, Renesha, greeted us and informed us that the restaurant and lounge was renowned for their vodka, gesturing to the bar in the back and the shelves filled with vodka from all around the world. However, we wisely refrained from drinking since it was a school night and ordered two dishes and a dessert to share instead.
Our first dish, the So-Co Cured Salmon Roulade, came out within ten minutes of ordering. A generous portion for a “small plate,” the roulade consisted of cured salmon rolled with whipped goat cheese and roasted red peppers. It was served on thin bagel chips and topped off with some fried capers and a lemon vinaigrette. I couldn’t really taste the roasted red peppers in the roulade due to the strong flavor of salmon. I also found the dish to be a bit too salty, because I think they sprinkled additional salt on the already-salty, cured salmon. I loved the little fried capers, which created little crispy pops of texture. Although a little more lemon would have brightened up the entire dish and larger bagel crisps may have helped negate the saltiness, I still enjoyed the salmon roulade. I would definitely recommend this rich dish to cured and smoked salmon lovers.
When our server, Renesha, brought out the Shrimp & Scallop Nachos, she also asked to confirm our order of the chocolate soufflé because it took about 17 minutes to bake. We eagerly asked her to put the order in and dug into the nachos. I really loved the nacho chips, which were sesame and chickpea chips. Sweet, salty, and smoky, I found them absolutely irresistible. The shrimp and scallops were juicy and sweet and the lime crème fraiche added a nice creaminess to the dish. Amidst all these strong flavors, the tomato-avocado salsa got a little lost. However, we both enjoyed the dish.
The shining star of our meal, the chocolate soufflé, came out proudly puffed and piping hot. Renesha poked a small hole in the top and poured in the sweet crème anglaise into the steaming center. We wasted no time at all digging into the dessert. Hot and molten at the center, the dessert rather reminded me of a chocolate lava cake. The “cake” parts were soft and fluffy whilst the crème anglaise mixed with the chocolate interior to create a creamy sauce. Although not a soufflé connoisseur by far, unless I’m mistaken, I think it may have been slightly undercooked. However, not overly sweet and packing an intense, chocolate flavor, it was the perfect ending to a nice dinner out. Best of all, 25% of our bill, roughly $8, would be donated to Open Hand by 10th & Piedmont.
Tasty food, excellent service, and a comfortable atmosphere, 10th & Piedmont will definitely be a place I’ll return to in the future. Maybe I’ll give their vodka a try next time.
10th & Piedmont
991 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309