earlier this month we finally got around to resurrecting nrw after a brief hiatus and kicked things back off at the imperial in decatur. eric, claire, kari, phillip, and i met up at this local spot after being inspired by good day atlanta’s coverage of the restaurant during atlanta burger week. buck langford was lucky enough to get to meet with owner aj and try the winning mac attack burger live on camera, and it was then i knew we just had to be there.
the imperial is located in what appears to be a somewhat tucked away and quiet part of town, but when we actually got to the restaurant, it was quite alive with customers of all kinds, from families with kiddos and dogs to singles enjoying half-priced bottles of wine to friends just catching up over good food. it really feels like a “come as you are” place.
our group was seated just inside the main entrance, which gave us a great view of each other and our surroundings. the imperial is nice and open both inside and out on its patio. the bar is well-stocked and would be a perfect place to belly-up for a beer, some eats, and tv watching.
after being served a few pints of local drafts, the poutine eric and claire ordered for the table arrived. now, i don’t know about you, but i’ve never in my life heard of poutine, and to the ears it first sounds like maybe a fancy french dish, right? wrong, lol! no joke, i looked up what poutine is and the definition i found was “a dish of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.” not so fancy after all! 😀 however, a dish doesn’t have to be fancy to be delicious, and that could not have been more true of the imperial’s take on this dish. their poutine actually has pimento cheese in place of cheese curds because, you know, in the south pimento cheese is quite the staple. and our order of poutine was even more delectable because we opted to add the diced up bacon because if you’re going to be bad, why not go all the way?
in fact, eric and claire were so happy with the poutine that they ranked it first out of everything they ate that night! in their words it was simply “AMAZING.”
we hungry kids scarfed up that poutine in no time, leaving some room for our actual dinners. making the rounds, we’ll start with kari who ordered the plain burger and topped it with cheddar cheese and bacon. as far as a basic burger goes, she said it was very good and a “SOLID” choice for those of you who prefer to build your own burger. all in all, she enjoyed a great meal that night.