One Eared Stag is Robert Phalen’s new venture, and after Holy Taco became, more or less, our go-to stop on the way to the Atlanta Zoo, I’d had this place in mind for a while. It’s a small restaurant on the corner of Hurt Street and Edgewood, across from the Inman Park Reynoldstown MARTA station. It’s also quite popular with the media. Becca Rodell praises Phalen significantly in a recent CL, and John Kessler speaks of Phalen’s “garage band mojo” in a  recent blog post.

It’s a good thing when people are comparing a chef to an experimental musician.

I came on a Monday, and I’m glad I did. There is almost no parking to speak of for this place, only street spaces. If  it ever becomes popular, people will be parking blocks up and down Edgewood and walking into the restaurant. It’s also effectively smaller than Holy Taco, because of the lack of useful outside seating.

The menu is enticing. I’m pretty sure it changes frequently. I was left debating over the mussels, or the lamb sausages. I spied a salad earlier, and it had some grilled vegetables. I wanted that. Lamb sausages won out in the end. Larger plates in this restaurant run into the 20s, and they feature plenty of starches. It isn’t the easiest restaurant for a diabetic, certainly not as easy as, say, Holy  Taco.

Panzanella salad.

Lamb sausage

Staff dress in black and service is good. The building the restaurant is houses in looks older, and there is some history to the place I didn’t quite manage to overhear.

I like both the salad and the sausages. The salad has quite a few grilled peppers. I just don’t get enough grilled veggies. The sausages had a “lamby” flavor – I’m sure that flavor is associated with lamb fat – that I really want from my lamb. The roasted almonds were quite tasty, and yet unlike the almonds you get in the supermarkets. I didn’t try much of the cream on which the sausages were placed. If I don’t know what it is, its carbohydrate potential, I just don’t eat it.

Short take: enjoyable restaurant. The One Eared Stag entirely resembles the buzz about it, as an innovative, creative culinary force. Bring a little cash if you want to fill  up here. Service is good, the food a pleasure, but the parking is going to be tricky.

One Eared Stag
1029 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307

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