Frog Hollow Tavern

Eclectic | New American | Tavern
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Waiters at Frog Hollow Tavern are mesmerists. When they describe a dish, specifying where the groceries come from, what techniques are used in preparation, and how the meal is plated, their spiel is so polished that I get lulled into a happy reverie, like listening to a song in which melody overshadows lyrics. I wind up having to slap myself to attention and ask for repetition of details: “What was that? … saffron butter?… organic stone ground grits? … macerated berries and a hint of almond? … what the heck are tomatoes gastrique?”

Such confusion is a pleasant dilemma. No matter what you order in this stylish urban tavern, it is likely to be wonderful. On the Roadfood price scale, it’s a splurge (entrees in the $30 range); and despite the restaurant’s assertion that it lets “freshness speak for itself,” nearly everything on the menu is complicated and multi-layered with hints of this and that, subtle undertones, and surprise seasonings.

If there is a leitmotif to chef Sean A. Wight’s cuisine, it is big flavor. Nothing is bland. Even macaroni and cheese (made lasagna-style with flat noodles), is powerfully cheesy; collard greens are very sweet and very pungent; shrimp and grits isn’t just shrimp and grits, but a stunning gallimaufry of shrimp, grits, andouille sausage, pork lardons, and tomatoes.

Must-eats from the regular menu include silk-white dayboat grouper; an appetizer of beguilingly crisp arancini made with “dirty” Carolina gold risotto; a hefty “cowgirl ribeye” with teriyaki-like glaze; wild Maine mussels with grilled sourdough from Atlanta’s H&F Bakery; and creme brulee that is, in fact, agreeably unfussed-with other than a subtle shot of almond in the custard underneath its singed-crisp integument.

My last visit was at the height of peach season, when an audacious hors d’oeuvre called Titan Farms peach carpaccio is made of thin fruit slices, slivers of Tennessee country ham, and tangy blue cheese. Warm peach cobbler, crowned with house-made vanilla ice cream is all about the intense sunny-sweet flavor of the locally-grown fruit.

Frog Hollow Tavern is popular and crowded enough that reservations are de rigueur. The gatekeepers up front can be officious, assigning customers to the bar if they arrive a few minutes early (despite plenty of empty tables in the dining rooms). Once a party is seated, service is professional, hospitable, enthusiastic, and genuinely helpful.

What to Eat
Frog Hollow Tavern, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
Must-Try
Kaleidoscopic shrimp and grits includes salty pork lardons, andouille sausage, and local tomatoes.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Grouper
Grouper
Must-Try
Dayboat grouper is plated with roasted turnips in a pool of zesty saffron citrus butter.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Must-Try
Mac 'n' cheese is made lasagna-style.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Pork Chop
Pork Chop
Must-Try
Double-bone pork chop rivals Iowa's finest.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Wedge Salad
Wedge Salad
Must-Try
A wedge salad to reckon with!
Frog Hollow Tavern, Mussels
Mussels
Must-Try
Wild Maine mussels come with toasted sourdough.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Must-Try
Greens are potent, onion-sweet, pork-rich.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Cowgirl Ribeye
Cowgirl Ribeye
Must-Try
Hefty cowgirl ribeye sports a teriyaki-like glaze.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Peach Carpaccio
Peach Carpaccio
Must-Try
Peach carpaccio festooned with country ham and blue cheese
Frog Hollow Tavern, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Must-Try
Peach cobbler comes crowned with house-made ice cream.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Manhattan
Manhattan
Must-Try
Manhattan is tweaked with Frog Hollow maple bitters.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Hugo-In Outside
Hugo-In Outside
Must-Try
Hugo-In Outside is a summer refresher of Prosecco swirled with elderflower liqueur and blackberry syrup.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Tea Hive
Tea Hive
The Tea Hive =cathead honeysuckle vodka, chamomile, lemon, and honey.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
Macerated berries are layered into an earthy biscuit that lets the fruit do all the sweet-talking.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee
Creme brulee is tinged with a faint hint of almond.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Arancini
Arancini
Crisp-skinned arancini are opulent spheres of Carolina Gold risotto, duck confit, and asiago cheese.
Frog Hollow Tavern, Crabcake
Crabcake
Alabama blue lump crabcake smothered with summery salad
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5pm - 10pm
ThursdayCLOSED
FridayCLOSED
Saturday5pm - 10:30pm
Information
Price
$$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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