Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow will make you fall in love– all over again– with eating out. One part gustation, one part recreation (and another part eye candy), the open-concept eatery in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood shows off, in its simplest form, what it takes to make it.
In plain sight, a handful of chefs create their best dish, portioned to serve 3-4, and sell it table-to-table. Are you thinking dim sum? Yep, it’s irreverent haute cuisine via cart.
And when two young guns arrive at once, it’s a gunshow. Will you pick one dish or both? The menu keeps tally with check marks (and is only calculated when you reluctantly say no mas).
The offerings are ever changing, making it relevant to revisit. Highlights for me were a steak tartare on an tapioca crisp, precisely seasoned and ridiculously memorable and fried chicken purportedly soaked in buttermilk for days.
Drinks arrive by bar cart with cocktails crafted table side. Dessert is trumped by the greatest banana pudding I’ve ever laid my eyes (or spoon) on. I’m comfortable describing it as epic.
Do you need a reservation to partake at Gunshow? Absolutely and you’ll be seated at communal tables that only heighten the carnival experience (we ogled our tablemates’ choices, asked questions and debated favorite dishes).
If we lived in the ATL I’d be a Gunshow regular, so here’s hoping Chef Gillespie will consider replicating his winning concept near me in Greenville.
EXTRA EXTRA: Check out Gunshow’s Hired Guns Series for 2016. These ticketed dinners cast all star southern talent for two nights only.
Top Chef alum Bryan Voltaggio slings his wares with the Gunshow team this Sunday and Monday. March features Vishwesh Bhatt from Snackbar in Oxford. May brings Brian Baxter from HUSK Nashville. June offers up Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach and next fall Vivian Howard arrives from Chef & the Farmer in Kinston! Check out how to obtain a golden ticket at Xorbia.