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Restaurant Review: The Butcher The Baker, by Gini Koch
The Butcher The Baker, Marietta Square, Marietta, GA (http://thebutcherthebakermarietta.com/)
Type: Locally Sourced Modern American
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“I can’t wait go back.”
Marietta Square is home to a variety of dining establishments. Some come, some go, but I’m hoping that The Butcher The Baker stays around for a very long time.
This is a family-owned, non-chain, locally sourced, farm-to-table restaurant with a small, well-stocked, and very cool bar right inside the restaurant. The ambiance is modern but warm, the noise level is low to moderate, the service is friendly and excellent, and the food and drinks are amazing.
The first time we went here it was an accident – the restaurant we’d planned to go to was closed due to new ownership. The Butcher The Baker was right next door, and the menu seemed interesting and, for me (I have a laundry list of food allergies), safe, so we decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad we did.
The food is delicious, expertly prepared, and reminds me of some of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles and Phoenix in terms of the ambiance, drinks, menu, and general excellence.
Their beef tartare is excellent and, because it’s rich, you can definitely make that small plate work as your dinner. I’m also a fan of the Ruby Slipper mixed drink, but all the drinks are a mixologist’s must list.
We chose The Butcher The Baker for this Valentine’s Day and had the three-course for two people meal – parsnip soup with shrimp toast (out of this world, both of them), cheesy grits (delicious) and a large beef knuckle/rib to share (so tender a knife was not needed), and a specialty iced strawberry sorbet shortbread that looked and tasted nothing like strawberry shortcake but was delicious in its own right.
That’s one of the keys to this restaurant – you have expectations for how a dish will look and what will be in it, but The Butcher The Baker changes it up and makes it even better than you’d been prepared for.
Keeping it interesting, they have (slightly) different menus for lunch, Tuesday-Wednesday dinner, and Thursday-Saturday dinner. (They’re currently closed on Sunday and Monday.) Menu items are subject to change due to whatever fresh thing they have or are out of, but there will be an acceptable alternative that could become your new favorite. Whenever they’re open and whatever they’re offering, The Butcher The Baker is definitely choosing for your lunch or dinner.
Definitely try: beef tartare, specialty menus, mixed drinks