While there are so many fun and interesting places to eat in Atlanta, few are as famous as The Varsity, an institution and landmark of the city . there is another place, though, that may not get as much attention, but it as equally famous- and also a unique and eclectic landmark. I am talking about R. Thomas Deluxe Grill in the Brookwood neighborhood of midtown Atlanta. It’s crazy décor is hard to miss among the office buildings along busy NW Peachtree Street. From the green and pink awning, to the collection of antiques and statues, you know you are walking into an interesting place.
What started as a funky burger joint, has evolved into a 24-hour restaurant to grab anything from breakfast to burgers to fermented vegetables. And lucky for Mr. Beet and I, there is a large selection of vegetables, Vegan and raw food.
Mr. Beet ordered the R’s Raw Veggie Dinner #2 – a plate of raw falafel, shoestring ginger beets, cauliflower tabouli, seaweed salad and cashew cheese with flaxseed chips. At a little under $17, it isn’t cheap, but it also is incredibly tasty and super healthy. I have to admit, I was quite skeptical of trying the raw falafel but it was actually delicious and hearty.
The cashew cheese and flaxseed chips was perhaps our favorite item on the plate. Cashew cheese does not get enough credit, nor does flaxseed. I double dog dare the naysayers to give it a try and tell me what you think.
I ordered the vegetable plate, which consisted of my choice of four sides off the menu. I went with the shoestring ginger beets, cauliflower tabouli, smashed potatoes with shitake gravy, and the collard and kale salad.
All of it was amazing but my favorite was the cauliflower tabouli with dried fruit and red peppers. A nice variation on a what could be perceived as a boring dish.
I loved the shoestring ginger beets. They made me feel incredibly healthy.
And one can never go wrong with potatoes and gravy. I doubt anyone would miss the meat in this tasty shitake gravy.
I also asked for a sampling of the raw veggie kraut. Definitely worth a try if you have never tasted it before. I was so intrigued that I am thinking about making my own version at home. I love that a burger/breakfast spot offers so many raw and healthy options.
The atmosphere is incredibly interesting. Just walk around the tiny building and you will find a funky replica of the Statue of Liberty, a collection of pet birds, and other unique antiques.
It’s a fascinating place, at least just for the atmosphere, but as a 24-hour eatery near Buckhead’s bars, I imagine the place gets really interesting late Friday and Saturday nights. Anyone fancy some fermented veggies with your beer? 4 out of 5 sprouts.