I love how Atlanta has hidden pockets of awesome. I felt I had discovered a new one on my first visit to The Shed at Glenwood. The Glenwood Park neighborhood is one of those live/work areas that is full of gorgeous single-family homes, condos, and neighborhood restaurants, like The Shed. Mario and I decided to check out their $3 slider night one Wednesday.
We thought the entrance was a little awkward, as you walk in and are basically standing in the dining room–no real host’s stand separates the room. A hostess did appear promptly, found our reservation, and led us to our table. You may or may not need a reservation though; while we were there, the dining room remained full, but not crowded. Our waiter brought over an interesting starter for us to share: popcorn! We also got an amuse of parmesean-stuffed dates and an olive:
I thought the popcorn was a cool touch, and probably smart on the restaurant’s part because it’s cheaper than bread. The stuffed dates and olive were a tasty snack as well. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a date before, but I am a sucker for a salty/sweet combo and this delivered perfectly. I followed each bite of date with a nibble of olive to achieve the right balance. For our sliders, Mario settled on the Angus and the schnitzel with pear jam, a throwback to his childhood (he’s an army brat and spent many of his formative years in Germany). I decided on the pork belly with baked beans and the pulled pork. We also had a side of fries to share:
I think the best slider we sampled was the angus. Melt-in-your-mouth beef topped with a yummy mayo-based sauce made up this little burger. Mario’s schnitzel was also very good, and the pear jam was a nice complement (though strangely, it tasted a lot like marshmallow to both of us). My pulled pork was also melt-in-your-mouth tender, and nicely seasoned. The slider I was most looking forward to and most disappointed by was the pork belly. It was a generous piece of meat, but was a little too dry to be enjoyable. Maybe some bbq sauce or more baked bean juice would have improved it, but as-is I couldn’t finish it. The bread used on all the sliders was also nice–very soft, and a nice bread-to-“stuff” ratio. Just a few days before, I had read this article from Citysearch Atlanta on the best fries in the city, which listed The Shed’s version at number 3. We weren’t disappointed by their execution, which resulted in nicely seasoned, crunchy on the outside, moist (and not mealy) on the inside fries.
The atmosphere at The Shed was one of the best parts of our meal. It seems like it would be a little upscale and stuffy, judging from the decor, the amuse, etc. but it is actually quite relaxed and really does feel like a neighborhood spot. The clientèle was a mix of families, the after-work crowd, and couples. I guess with a weekly $3 slider special, they really can’t be too bourgie though! We really enjoyed our meal there and I’ve been looking for an excuse to go back. I don’t ride out on I-20 often, but this was a lot closer in-town that I expected. And I would looove to live in the Glenwood Park area!
The Shed’s runs a number of weekly specials, which are: Tuesdays, Potroast & Pie ($15); Wednesdays, $3 Slider Night; Thursdays, Harvest Night: 4 Veggie Sides for $10; Sunday Brunch, $5 Mimosas & $6 Moscow Mules; Sunday Supper, 3 Course Prix Fixe ($20). Follow them on Twitter to get updates on what the offerings will be on a particular day, or check out their website, which they also keep updated regularly.