Small menu with bold flavors at Cast Iron restaurant in Atlanta
Cast Iron replaced the short lived Last Word in Old Fourth Ward last year and have been killing it ever since. The cozy spot is good for a date or small groups. Even with the open kitchen, it remains quiet enough to hold a conversation with your pals or sweetheart, something that is becoming increasingly more difficult to do at many Atlanta restaurants. Or like me, a spot to catch up with your sibling that you only see once a year.
The small menu packs a punch. Start with the house made Gin and Tonic with a floral quality I’ve never had before, with ingredients like rose hips, dandelion and sumac. On another occasion I loved the Gap Junction. Made with Cynar, rum, Cane Switchel, lemon, it’s refreshing while still packing a punch. Like Mezcal? Get the Close Quarters which also features Earl Grey Syrup, lemon, Elderflower, Peychaud’s and cider.
There are just a dozen menu items available, not including sides or dessert. Cast Iron’s menu features small, medium and large plates, though you’re doing it wrong if you’re not sharing everything with your dining companion(s). Pictured above is the beet salad with carrots and creamy yogurt. The second small plate, pictured below, is the griddled octopus. Octopus can often be tough or chewy, but not Cast Iron’s. There was a slight crispiness on the outside and tender on the inside.
As I mentioned above, my first visit to Cast Iron was with my brother. He’s a total foodie too and I was hoping to impress him, and I totally knocked it out of the park taking him to Cast Iron.
One dish that I miss since my initial visit to Cast Iron is the Pork Tagliatelle which was made with collards and sprinkled with pomegranates. However, the new pork dish, Coconut Pork, (I suspect the pork is cooked on the Big Green Egg you’ll see outside), is so tender you can cut it with a fork. Served with corn tortillas with just the right amount of char and “exciting cabbage” it’s definitely something you want to share when you visit Cast Iron.
Like lobster? Have you heard that monkfish is the poor man’s lobster? The monkfish at Cast Iron was delicious the first time I visited. On this second visit, I found it to be a bit tough and rubbery. Though the presentation, with watermelon radishes and carrots was beautiful, if you are looking for a fish dish, go for the steelhead (pictured below).
Save room for Almond Cake!
Cast Iron is definitely an under the radar restaurant in Atlanta right now. Hurry before the secret gets out. And man, those prices are so low for the quality of food. There’s plenty of street parking to be found too.
Disclosure: My meal at Cast Iron was complimentary, but the opinions expressed are my own.