Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reel - The Real Deal in Woodstock Georgia

Reel
8670 Main St.
Woodstock, GA 30188
770-627-3006
My friends in Atlanta, same gang who I went to Gunshow with, took us to a great little restaurant in the town of Woodstock. It's an artsy little town with lots of small, independent shops and restaurants. Apparently they'd been here before as this was sitting on our table when we arrived. 
The proprietors are a husband and wife team named Karen and David Silverman. Karen works FOH while David is the chef. Karen comes from Capital Grill. We knew a few of the same folks.
We started out with a 1/2 dozen oysters. Nice brine. I skipped the mignonette, so I can't really comment there.
The calamari was the only item of the night I didn't love. The breading was heavier than I like and fairly bland. Then again, it might have been that the Templeton Manhattan wiped out my taste buds for a minute. Stranger things have happened.
The tuna tartar was very good. I liked the chips too.
This was the Shrimp and Lobster Fondue. It had smoked gouda and fontina cheeses and was awesome. That dish went back to the kitchen clean.
Karen pulled this one out of her private stash for us. It might be on the menu now, but it wasn't that night. My dining companion is a serious oenophile and Karen knows it. 
Here's chef David checking his chits and gettin' it done.
The restaurant has a nice, open kitchen. The servers were involved, knowledgeable, and very accommodating.
And here it is in color! 
This was the swordfish with ginger polenta. 
Truffled cream corn was a nice touch as a side. 
The Jerk Grilled Salmon was well cooked. The seasoning was just right. Not too hot, but enough to let you know it was jerk.
The lobster mac 'n cheese was killer.
Excellent shrimp and grits. I really liked the andouille. Luckily, Kelly wasn't a big fan so I got it all.
Alex had the lobster boil. I can't really comment on the lobster as he didn't let me have any, but the I did get to try the broth which was lobster and saffron. Very nice.
Cheryl had the pan-fried trout. It was nicely done. Not overcooked, not under.
The creme brulee tasted like I made it at home. We must have the same recipe.
Chocolate lava cake was done perfectly. Molten center.
Nice mini key lime pie.
Mango goodness.
The happy, and stuffed, crew. From left to right John, Alex, Cheryl, me, Kelly and Kathleen.
If you're going to be near Woodstock, this place is definitely worth checking out. The prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent. They make a mean Manhattan too.
Thanks for reading!
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