Fermented food is far from a fad, as cultured dishes date all the way back to 6000 B.C. However, if you’re looking for a more modern take on probiotic goodness—apart from grabbing yogurt with your groceries—we gathered the top five stellar dining spots in Atlanta where you can be good to your gut and your palate.
The Federal’s chicken liver on toast is served alongside deliciously tart cornichons.
1. One of the most iconic dishes in Atlanta, BoccaLupo’s 20-yolk tagliatelle crafted by chef Bruce Logue with wild mushrooms and butter is superb on its own. The Tuscan kale kimchee topped on every dish of the decadent pasta adds to the prime dining experience and gives your taste buds a reason to rejoice. 753 Edgewood Ave. NE, 404.577.2332
2. At Brush Sushi Izakaya, chef Jason Liang’s spicy miso ramen is far from your typical ramen dish. With cabbage, green onion, secret spice and ajitsuke egg, this probiotic-packed miso creation is sure to impress. And the best part? The dish incorporates seasoned Kurobuta pulled pork, the most highly prized pork in Japan, locally sourced from Riverview Farms in Ranger, Ga. 316 Church St., 678.949.9412
3. Celebrated Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun’s Krog Bar Mediterranean Wine Bar turns a simple glass of wine into a luxurious dining experience, offering tapas, meats (“Carni”), bites on bread (“Montaditos”) and pressed sandwiches (“Bocadillo”). The standout menu items, however, fall under “Formaggi.” Choose the Wyngaard or Reypenaer Gouda, both soft cheeses hailing from Holland and packed full of probiotics. 112 Krog St., Ste. 27, 404.524.1618
4. True Food Kitchen’s healthy fare is as equally flavorful as it is wholesome. Swing by for a light lunch and try our favorite pairing: the T.L.T. (smoked tempeh, butter lettuce, tomato, avocado, vegan mayonnaise and seeded grain bread) and health-ade kombucha with cranberry and pomegranate. 3393 Peachtree Road NE, 404.481.2980
5. At first glance, The Federal’s chopped chicken liver on grilled bread doesn’t scream “probiotic.” But for those looking for a sly way to ease themselves into the fermented craze, this dish is not to be overlooked, featuring deliciously tangy and tart cornichons to complement the main attraction. 1050 Crescent Ave., 404.343.3857
Photography by: Heidi Geldhauser