November 26, 2014

New Eats: Ribalta Pizza & Fred's Meat & Bread

Ribalta recently opened in midtown in a space that was previously a pizza joint, but Ribalta is bringing a renewed focus on pizza according to our server. Rather traditional Neapolitan-style pizza with a paper-thin crust and nice char. A solid choice in this style, though, perhaps not reaching the heights of Antico or Verazano's. However, for the price of $14-$15, a solid option if you are in the area.
Sausage and broccoli rabe. Good pie, local Italian sausage made by artisan sausage maker. I liked this one, real nice char on the crust, though it did lack a real flavor punch that one might expect considering the toppings.
In case you missed it, Krog Street Market officially opened Monday. Sure to be a food and drink destination, it is a welcome addition to the Atlanta east dining scene. Before the official grand opening, both The Luminary and Craft Izakaya opened several weeks ago. We stopped in for some bites at Craft Izakaya last weekend. The spicy-crispy tuna and quail egg above is as tasty as it is purdy. I like Craft, it's great space with enough interesting offerings on the diverse menu to keep you intrigued and satisfied.
Fred's Meat and Bread was the first "stall" to open Monday and as of now it's the only option for lunch at the Market. Brought to you by the good folks behind The General Muir, it's hard to imagine that Fred's won't be excellent. We tried a few sandwiches. All were solid, with excellent bread from Rob Alexander. The cheesesteak is a standout.
The cheesesteak. Kind of perfection. Unless you're from Philly, than you can play contrarian.
Korean fried chicken with pickled veggies.
Mortadella and bacon. Yum.
Fred's double stack with bacon and mushrooms. Not unlike the renowned burger at General Muir, this one was just a bit sloppier as we ordered it with bacon and mushrooms. A solid first experience at Fred's but that was what I was expecting. Judging by the very long line when we left, you want to get there early. When all the other food stalls open up, watch out, Krog Street Market will be jamming.

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