For the last couple of years, I’ve read about how good the food is at One Flew South. And not just in the local press – the first write-up I remember was in Conde Nast Traveler. It was even named as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Service award. But I never had the opportunity to eat there. Why? The restaurant, it just so happens, is located inside Terminal E at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. (Yes, an airport restaurant was nominated for a James Beard Award. Twice – in 2014 and 2015!). And, living in Atlanta, I rarely travel with plans to eat lunch before I leave, nor do I land early enough for dinner.
But on this day, I was flying out mid-afternoon and had an hour-plus to spare, post-security. I was seated at one of the two tops in the front section of the restaurant, and perused the menus. Unable to choose, I asked the server for a couple of recommendations and started with the kamikaze roll.
This roll is made with tuna, salmon, hamachi (Japanese amberjack) and spicy mayonnaise, wrapped in white seaweed and topped with eel sauce. I’ve never had white seaweed and don’t know what part it contributed to the overall “taste” of the dish, but it was very good. I didn’t leave a segment. I followed this with the OFS “Dirty South”:
an open-faced meatloaf sandwich with pimiento cheese, sautéed spinach, bacon and barbecue sauce, all topped with a fried egg. Another excellent recommendation, my only complaint would be that it wasn’t larger. Every component went together well and the bacon was a particular standout. And the service was as excellent as you’d expect, based on the accolades.
Note: since this meal,executive chef Duane Nutter has left (around May 15th), but, for now, the menu is remaining unchanged.