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Dive in to happy hour with Lusca’s Ton an’ Twenty Five cocktail: Rum blanco, strawberry shrub, lime and prosecco.
Sand Barby Wendell Brock | Photography by Greg DuPree | Jezebel magazine | July 10, 2014
Google will tell you that a “lusca” is a mythical sea monster from the Caribbean. ATL foodies will tell you that Lusca is the name of Buckhead’s latest must-try resto sprung from the tentacles of Octopus Bar, the stealthy little pop-up that chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le turned into a mecca for serious late-night diners.
But this rising resto (in the old Bluefin space) is a long way from So Ba, the East Atlanta Village pho hot spot where Brown and Le first hooked midnight munchers.
Sidle up to the bar, where you’ll find a 50-bottle wine list, cocktails galore, spiked cider, suds and an upfront view of that fantastical sea creature billowing across the wall and ceiling, a mural painted by William Mitchell of Squared Away Signs.
Now, onto the food. Oh, the food. Le, a native of Vietnam, curates the oysters and impeccably fresh seafood, while charcuterie is the domain of Jonathan Sellitto, who sharpened his skills in Italy and at Barbara Lynch’s The Butcher Shop in Boston. Pastries and bread (which take center stage during Sunday brunch) are the handiwork of Brooke Lenderman, of Cakes & Ale and Empire State South fame. And then there’s the heady luxury of Brown’s wow-factor cooking. JEZ faves include the Kumamoto oysters; uberfresh nigiri (sorry sushi-lovers, no rolls on this menu!); pappardelle with pancetta, breadcrumbs and dabs of bright sea urchin; and pecan pie paired with fresh peaches and peach ice cream (the nuts and fruit are both plucked from Pearson Farm in middle Georgia).
Brown and Le have certainly swung open the doors on one of the year’s most anticipated dining destinations (how fitting for our 100 Best Restaurants Issue!). Let’s just say Octopus Bar created a wave in the culinary world and Lusca is gearing up to reach tsunami status. Surf’s up! 1829 Peachtree Road NE, 678.705.1486, @luscaatl