Right in the heart of Midtown, walking distance to the Alliance Theatre and High Museum, the W Midtown has launched a new restaurant called Trace. My friends and I went recently to check it out and what a difference from Spice Market!
The new concept was launched to ‘Celebrate the South’ with a light and airy decor, with lots of windows and fun touches like the wall of frying pans. The overall concept is ‘Farm to Hotel’, a spoof on the ‘Farm to Table’ movement that seems to be a part of every restaurant these days, but decor only means so much - what about the food and drinks? In these areas, Trace definitely hits the mark.
On the menu you’ll see some Southern favorites like Pimento Cheese, Shrimp and Grits, Deviled Eggs, and Chicken and Waffles, but look closer and you’ll see a new twist on these classic dishes. The pimento cheese is topped with One Screw Loose Black Jack Jelly, and the deviled eggs features a ‘pork candy’. The chicken and waffles actually is chicken dipped in waffle mix, with bacon and waffle bits and is served with Sweetwater bacon syrup. Can’t get more local than that!
Don’t think that all you’ll get here are heavy Southern dishes, the vegetables are also great. Be sure to get the Squash and Farro Cassarole, featuring green zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and feta. The Marinated Summer Harvest Salad was also very refreshing, love tomatoes during this time of year. They also feature fresh fish dishes as well, the Seared Black Grouper was especially good.
Don’t forget dessert! We indulged in their Goat Cheese Cheesecake, which was even enjoyed by a friend who typically doesn’t like traditional cheesecakes - seriously good.
There’s a couple advantages to eating at this hotel restaurant - they are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and also have a nice bar area too for a quick drink. The hotel also offers free valet parking for the entire day when you dine there.
So stop in and maybe then walk over to the High or the Alliance to see a show, parking can be such a hassle in Midtown - this could be a part of a great day or night out!