ATL Eateries Offer Holiday Food Before the Holidays

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  December 18, 2013

Seasonality in Atlanta's restaurants hits a peak with Christmastime dining, but maybe you're spending the actual holiday with family or out of town. If that's the case, no worries - three restaurants have put together special meals for diners looking for holiday flavors the week before Christmas.

Morningside's Atmosphere is offering servings of choucroute through Thursday, December 19, to ring in the season. Not so familiar with that? Think sauerkraut, but in whole-meal form. The dish, popular in France's Alsace-Lorraine region, combines warm sauerkraut with meat and vegetables. In this case, Atmosphere's will feature an array of sausages, ham hock, bacon, salt-cured pork loin, potatoes and onions, with a healthy dose of juniper berries for flavor. Reservations recommended, and specify an interest in the choucroute - quantities are limited (1620 Piedmont Ave. NE; 678-702-1620).

For Thursday, December 19, Restaurant Eugene and chef Linton Hopkins have assembled an impressive holiday luncheon menu available from 11:45 AM to 2 PM. Start the meal with sunchoke tortelli or smoked trout and beets before diving into mains like roast chicken breast with herbed goat cheese, winter squash and kale, or veal shoulder prepared with root vegetables and consommé. Triple chocolate caramel is just one of three seasonal desserts (2277 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-355-0321).

Big Tex Decatur, the Texas-leaning sister restaurant to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, will serve traditional Christmas tamales from Saturday, December 21 through Tuesday, December 24. Big Tex is preparing the Mexican-American holiday snacks two ways; the traditional masa dough will be stuffed with either chicken or brisket, and will be available either in a bundled to-go order of six ($12) or as an appetizer for dining in (308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-377-3939).

Chef Billy Allin at Decatur's Cakes & Ale (pictured above) serves up a Christmas feast the evening of Sunday, December 22. The night kicks off at 6 PM with wintery cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to match. A four-course dinner follows at 7 PM, and the family-style food comes paired with vintage champagne, Grand Cru burgundy, and other special drinks. Dinner is $135 per person and includes all food, alcohol, tax and gratuity (155 Sycamore St., Decatur; 404-377-7994).