Omnivore - Oink glug, oink glug, oink glug
Get yourself to the Standard (327 Memorial Drive, 404-681-3344) in Grant Park this Sunday for the pub's daylong "Swine and Wine." The bar has purchased a big outdoor smoker and this will be the first of regular barbecue feasts. (You might want to call ahead for exact hours.)
I dined at the bar Thursday night and got a preview of the 'cue â€” thinly sliced, lean pork rubbed with spices and gently smoked, served with a smoked tomato and jalapeÃ±o. Our server Mary told us that the kitchen plans to experiment with different spices throughout the summer.
During the warm months, by the way, the Standard is not serving regular entrees, like its fried chicken. But the menu of salads and sandwiches is still an inexpensive winner. Try the fruity, peppery arugula salad with steak added. The Angus burger is one of the best around.
Monday night is especially popular at the restaurant. The chef prepares the classic low-country version of Indian curry called "Country Captain." I've not tried it, but Christiane Lauterbach raved about it in the April issue of Knife & Fork. I remember my South Carolina mother cooking that dish from the recipe in the Joy of Cooking.