Mission + Market was a “double-find”, for me, in the same week: first I saw it appear on the Eater.com Atlanta “hot list” and then, one of my friends, who lives in Buckhead, was telling me about a great new place that had opened in his neighborhood. When we were making in-town dinner plans with one of our daughters, M+M was the natural choice. The restaurant, which has been open since March, is a light and airy space, whose design matched the menu – light and airy, in a California dining kind of way. On the Saturday when we went, it was raining pretty heavily most of the afternoon and we beat our dinner companions there. We ordered some hummus to take the edge off an afternoon of waiting for dinner.
The hummus, which was served with fancy crudités and grilled eggplant
was standout. So many times, when you order hummus in a restaurant you end up thinking, “that was okay, but…” This was so much better than that – the grilled eggplant in the center, along with the fancily cut veggies, atop pita bread that was still warm from the grill, was excellent. We actually had a second pita arrive later, also hot from the grill, to scrape clean the bottom of the bowl. That hot grilled pita could quickly become addictive.
We were so excited about dinner, after we finally decided what we wanted, that we forgot to order the salad we had all been talking about, until our food was almost ready to arrive. But that didn’t deter us from ordering the watermelon and bufalo mozzarella salad – to share for the table, the next time we saw our server.
he tomato tasted “like ketchup, in the best possible way”. The fries, which were listed as “Old School”, but were NOT cooked in tallow, were a hit as well. It was a good looking burger.
Every review that I’ve seen of M+M mentioned the seared black sea bass, and my beloved went with that.
When it arrived at the table, you can see that the sauce was bubbling in the photo, but it doesn’t do it justice. It was eaten so quickly that the sauce was still bubbling when the last spoonful was taken! They thoroughly enjoyed it, and offered to share – but knowing that I don’t like chocolate, they knew they were safe. But they said it was delicious. My beloved went with the chocolate tort, served with peanut butter ice cream.
Again, she offered a bite to me, knowing it was safe, but said that there was so much chocolate that she couldn’t finish it.
The meal was both well executed and fairly priced, for Buckhead. Our server, Greg, was the perfect balance of attentive and invisible – a fine line that he walked perfectly. So glad that we chose Mission + Market for our recent “big night out”.