Saturday, September 7, 2013

Parish Market

This is my kind of coffee shop!! Even though Anand was stuck in traffic resulting in him being very late for our Wednesday afternoon coffee meetup (it's ok, I forgive you!) I didn't mind a bit because Parish is the kind of coffee nook that I've been searching for and have finally found!

Atmosphere - Nestled underneath Parish Restaurant, Parish Market has the interior design most similar to Meryl Streep's Tuscan themed kitchen in It's Complicated and Kate Winslet's cozy cottage in The Holiday. Maybe you're a guy and don't know what I'm talking about so I can delve further into detail. You are sure to love the exposed brick, the busy, open kitchen in the back where they serve a wide menu of breakfast, lunch, and afternoon sweets, the long wooden table in the center that inspires community, the perfectly placed bowls filled to the brim with all sorts of oranges and lemons, the wine display that looks more like a library of delicacies, and the floor to ceiling windows that show off the outdoor patio and allow the morning sun to spill in. In one word: Heavenly.

Coffee - The coffee is free-trade and local, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the dozens of Atlanta cafes that serves either Counter Culture or Batdorf and Bronson. Not that there's anything wrong with those brands, but I appreciate diversity, even with my coffee beans. The drip coffee is self-serve and there is a Barista operating the espresso bar. This style contributes to the southern and warm feel of Parish market; having self-serve reminds me of the idea of "come in and make yourself at home."

Service - When I came in at 5:30 in the afternoon the staff brewed a full, fresh pot of decaf for me. How sweet! Nothing bad to be said about service.

Location - A note of advice--know where you're headed before you go since Parish Market is around the back and underneath the restaurant Parish. Once you see those yellow flags you are getting very warm. There is parking specifically for the Market so avoid valet, unless you want to feel extra special. Personally, watching valet park my car within a matter of feet from where I left  my car is annoying, but to each his own. You know I love Inman Park, and this cafe offers something extra special- a view of the beltline trail that runs behind the Market.

Legitimacy - Parish is one of the members of my favorite restaurant groups in Atlanta- Concentrics. Just being in the same circle as some of the Atlanta greats, including Murphys and Two Urban Licks, moves Parish's ranking up in my book. Concentrics places always have a good calendar of events and Parish Market participates. Watch out for the "Build Your Own Bloody Mary and Margarita Bar" in Parish Market on the weekends.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

::by Jaclyn Overall

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