:) = Great location surrounded by lots of little shops and eateries. Free parking in the Emory Point deck for the first 3 hours. Bright, spacious dining area inside the restaurant with a modern yet homey feel. Really warm and hospitable staff. Generous servings of delicious, innovative food - and an extensive wine and cocktail menu for mommies and daddies.
:( = While the staff and other diners here didn't seem to mind being around little ones, we recommend doing yourself a favor and getting a babysitter if you come here in the evening - so you can savor the experience.
|"Ain't nothin' 'small' about these plates!"|
We arrived around 6:30 PM on an early weeknight, and the dining room was filled with well-dressed adults sipping glasses of wine and craft cocktails. Mommy panicked a little but decided to stay the course because the host was so friendly to us. He led us to a booth in the back, where we could do the least damage (once he cleared the table of the pristine wine glasses, plates, and silverware sitting regally atop it like a royal welcoming party). Our server greeted us warmly and brought us water in to-go cups. None of the other diners gave Mommy disapproving looks. So far, so good.
General Muir describes itself as a "modern American restaurant inspired by the classic Jewish New York deli." The name comes from the refugee ship that brought the restaurant owner's mother and grandparents, who are Holocaust survivors, to the U.S. in 1949. In the spirit of the restaurant's history, for dinner we ordered a couple Jewish-inspired dishes off the Small Plates menu: Matzoh Ball Soup and Chopped Liver with pletzel bread. We also ordered a couple dishes on the Small Plates menu that simply piqued Mommy's interest: Swiss Chard Fritters (lightly fried patties of Swiss chard stems and parmesan, set atop whipped ricotta cheese, and sprinkled with lightly toasted shredded cheese) and Roasted Beet Salad (large slices of roasted beet and fresh arugula placed on top of a generous smear of horseradish green goddess dressing, topped with smoked salmon and roe).
|Clockwise from top: Matzoh Ball Soup, Roasted Beet Salad, Chopped Liver with Pletzel Bread|
Photo taken by 2-year-old Toddler Foodie.
|Left: Swiss Chard Fritters; Right: Chopped Liver with Pleztzel Bread|
Photo taken by 3-year-old Toddler Foodie.
|"I eat my matzoh ball soup like a gentleman."|
|"I, on the other hand, believe in efficient soup eating."|
That being said, though, we still think parents should do themselves a favor and have dinner here without the kiddos. The dinner menu is incredible and deserves proper attention. We assume, based on the staff's demeanor, that daytime dining at General Muir is totally kid-friendly. But, if the sun is down, we recommend you put this restaurant on your adults-only list. Trust us. We're experts.
|"Do you think they really listen to our dining advice?"|
"Of course they do. Adults know trustworthy advisors when they see them."