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Offline LamarT

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Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« on: June 27, 2010, 05:59:51 PM »
We will be open in mid July. It is going to be a bit different, and then again not.
I'll try to keep you all up to date the more I am comfortable with the dishes I am working on for our new place.
I am excited. Very excited. Think whole pig roasts on Thursdays maybe Wednesday as well. Crudo/ceviche small bites menu.
Chinese pastas and thick ribs. Prickly Ash oil and sage leaf with beef filet, whipped avocado and smoked pecan rib eye....
several tofu variations, chocolate habenero crabcakes, vodka and shrimp tempura battered onion rings (yes, reversed),
of course fresh fish, of course, and much more. Brunch is all of my favorite brunch dishes from my life.
I'll post a menu once it is closer to finalized.
Several mojito and margarita drinks. Infused bourbon, vodka, cellos. House made pickles (not just vinegar but with flavors) and relishes.
I like to think of the food as having a smile. Thankfully, as far as business partnerships go, this is a very good situation.
My cookbook will be out in late September.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010, 07:42:45 PM »
We will be open in mid July. It is going to be a bit different, and then again not.
Huge edit>>>>>

I so welcome your posts brother Lamar...   I am a camp follower..   I don't care if I couldn't wrap my head around the brilliance that shrimp and marshmallows were together at first blush..   I am a BELIEVER..

Rock on: Iron Grill...

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 06:47:22 PM »
It is getting really close, we should be up and running in place, faster and faster, in two weeks. Marshmallows and all! Pink and green ones at that.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 07:48:31 PM »
It is getting really close, we should be up and running in place, faster and faster, in two weeks. Marshmallows and all! Pink and green ones at that. 


    YES !

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 11:52:29 PM »
We served around 60 today in private dining and will serve 200 on Saturday for family to come in.
Officially open on the night of the 26th. Nervous as hell.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2010, 04:42:49 AM »
Good luck. You're nervous because you care. That's a good thing.  :)

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2010, 05:44:06 AM »

Can't wait!

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2010, 06:46:21 AM »
We served around 60 today in private dining and will serve 200 on Saturday for family to come in.
Officially open on the night of the 26th. Nervous as hell.   

Good luck Brother Lamar.  You will do fine.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2010, 08:26:09 AM »
So you are really open?
If so I will try to get my wife there Friday night.
Can't wait!!!

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 07:26:30 AM »
Yes. We are open as of 5:00 pm 7/26, and opening night was actually very good.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2010, 08:05:23 AM »


Here is the website so we can drool over the menu..

http://www.theirongrill.com/index.html

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2010, 09:52:58 AM »
Well the web site won't load for me this morning but the wife and I have a reservation for 7:30 PM tonight and then 6 of us have a reseration for Sunday night. Eager to give it a whirl.

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2010, 09:41:10 PM »
Great meal at the Iron Grill Friday night: It was excellent. Wonderful ginger crab soup chocked full of wild mushrooms. Batter on fried calamari was too salty but otherwise tender and tasty with slices of sweetened hot peppers which I loved. Superb trout and great stripped bass with a sweet and tangy glaze sitting over some exotic vegetables. Eager and friendly service  (if a bit inexperienced but ready to learn to get better) and the extra treat of Chef Lamar coming out to greet everyone and talk about his food. Lot to like there and I will be back (Actually Sunday if all goes well)

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2010, 02:33:26 PM »
Here's the local paper's article on Lamar:
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/080110/bus_689017592.shtml

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Re: Chef Lamar's Iron Grill
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2010, 06:04:09 PM »
Just had a marvelous meal. We ordered several salads and small plates in order to get a taste of a bunch of different things.  First off, "small" plates is a misnomer.  The small salads are larger than most standard salads. I can't even imagine what the large salad would look like.  We tried the caesar, spinach and fruit salads. The caesar was yummy (if you like a strong garlic, this isn't that kind of caesar) and the fruit salad was tangy (in a good way). The spinach salad was just too dry to be enjoyable...although the toasted pecans added a really nice spice.

In terms of small plates (portion-size, two small plates and a dessert would have been enough for two people):
- Cajun Chicken Eggrolls.  My wife loved these.  Not too spicy.  Filled with yummy chicken and corn - not overly bready like a lot of eggrolls.  The dijon sauce was tasty and provided a nice cooling flavor to contrast with the cajun.

- Matchstick Fries.  The description mentions truffle, but you can't tell.  Simple, julienned potatoes deep-fried and sprinkled with kosher salt.  Served with sides of ketchup and a blue cheese dipping sauce.  For us, the blue cheese was just too blue...but it provided an incredible balance with the ketchup (it brought out the sweetness in the ketchup).  Simple dish, but really tasty.

- Fried Green Tomato bruschetta.  This one has tremendous potential, but it's not there yet.  Essentially, it's tempura battered green tomatoes quartered and plated on sourdough - with a basil leaf between the tomatoe and the bread. Then a simple cream sauce is drizzled on the totatoes.  Beautiful presentation, but the dish completely lacked flavor (except for basil).  A stronger sauce or something drizzled on top of the cream. We both thought how incredible this dish could be with maybe a peach relish.

The chocolate cake (which is highly tauted) wasn't special. If anything, it was a bit pedestrian and felt like a boxed/frozen dessert.

Overall, great experience.  The restaurant still has some things to work out, but even without changing anything, it's easily one of the top 5 restaurants in Athens.  Once they decide who they are going to be (right now it feels like a mish mash), the restaurant could be truly spectacular.  It's an adventure we plan to take with them.
Blah, whatever.

 

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