It would be lovely if every restaurant was as ready to serve vegans as Woodfire Grill. And not something half-assed either. This was a full 5 course tasting menu every bit as complex and interesting as the meaty one looked to be. If you need a fancy special occasion option in Atlanta, give it a try. It’s expensive, but worth it. Be sure to call first and ask to make sure they can do a vegan menu for you.

Amuse: pickled cherry, avocado, oil cured olive

First course: local cucumber and athena melon, avocado, crispy bread, aged sherry, olive oil

Second course: local tomato salad, fennel, oil cured olive, marcona almonds, micro basil, olive oil

Taste: white gazpacho with golden raisin puree, espelette, and lemon oil

Third course: roasted mushroom and dried fig risotto, fresh fig compote

Fourth course: roasted spaghetti squash, toasted pecans, local peaches, smoked emulsion, green beans

Dessert: rich chocolate pudding and a blueberry/cherry sorbet (the dessert was different than what they had on the nice sheet they gave us with the menu, so the description isn’t as accurate or nice)

Oh, and if you’re like me, clean your car so the valet doesn’t feel the need to wear a hazard suit to park your car. :-)