JCT Kitchen is one of my favorite places in general, but also one of my favorite places to take out of town guests for meals. I feel that it’s a reasonably priced representative of Atlanta’s great food scene. JCT Bar, located above the restaurant area, is also a fun spot for meeting with friends –live music, good drinks, skyline view. The food served at the JCT Bar has always been good, but here’s a new reason to venture out on Wednesdays: JCT’s Wiener Wednesdays. With Top Chef’s Richard Blais opening a gourmet hot dog restaurant in the coming months, we’re all hearing talk of hot dogs being “the new burger.” JCT’s Chef Ford Fry has also declared 2011 “Year of the Wiener.” Regularly $4 each, on Wednesdays, the gourmet dogs are only $2. Mario and I attended a Wiener Wednesday Tweetup hosted by Twitter personalities @ATL_Events and @AtlantaDish recently to try the new dogs. Our selections that night were the Smoked Coca-Cola BBQ with Vidalia onion relish, and the Pimento Cheese with Bacon, Pickled Cabbage and House Mustard:
Firstly, I have to credit my new blog photographer, Mario His skills with that iPhone camera have vastly improved! But those dogs don’t just look good, they taste good too. Both of the actual dogs were juicy and gave a satisfying “pop” when bitten into. Of the two, I enjoyed the pimento cheese dog the most (maybe it was the bacon). I didn’t think the Coca-Cola BBQ dog had any particularly memorable flavor; i.e. it was very good, but not a standout. The creamy pimento cheese and crisp bacon made the former dog taste extra special. As a side, we shared an order of JCT’s fantastic truffle Parmesan fries:
Yum! I love how these fries are cooked, and the earthiness imparted by the Parm and truffle. I almost always snag an order when I visit JCT.
The new gourmet dogs at JCT are not all beef-based; I’m most looking forward to trying the non-beef offerings like the cider braised fennel and onion wiener with Sweet Grass Dairy Asher Bleu cheese; chicken liver wiener with apple butter, house mustard and tiny pickles; and the “corn dog” wiener with hush puppy crispies, green tomato relish and rémoulade. You can count me on board with Atlanta’s newest food fad.