Atlanta >Food & Dining > Holeman & Finch Public House
2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.816032 -84.390138
Neighborhoods: Colonial Homes - Peachtree, Northside, Northside
Add the best chef in Atlanta and one of the best craft cocktail bars anywhere, and the result is Holeman and Finch. Forget about the hamburger: all the food here is magnificent, and more than worthy of the incredible drinks.
Best in everything. Don't miss the 10PM burger and the housemade hotdog. Unlimited funds? Get the Johnny Cakes with Foie Gras: YUM!
Great spot for a drink and to share food with friends; the 10pm burger is good, but so is everything else. I love their tartare and chicken liver pate!
Great Menu – Great food and drink. Love the parts menu, dont hate till you try them. And dont leave before 10:00 the burgers are a must try!
"also ran" food + horrible service = ex patron – If you are looking for a cramped restaurant with overpriced drinks, horrendous service, and that takes their burgers much too seriously, then Holman and Finch is your place. I recently patronized H&F with a group of friends, all of us having read the glowing reviews touting the famous, mouth watering burger that was supposedly worth waiting for...and wait you will.
Be prepared to rub elbows at H & F because the restaurant is broken up into a small dining room and an equally miniature bar area. The clientele is mainly BMW-driving 30-something male CPA's looking to land short term accounts, cougars, or smarmy middle aged couples. Our bar server was swamped and didn't even have time to smile (much less make off-menu drinks, as in other reviews I've read). And be warned, most drinks are the price of a good meal, you'll drop some serious coin on the bar alone, but this is expected given the Peachtree location of this establishment.
After an hour and half wait we were finally seated... and ended up chewing on our napkins as the apps were slow to come and rather small. Our burger orders were unapologetically lost somewhere in the ether and we ended up with half as many burgers as people. Finally leaving around 11:30pm....I chalk up the majority of this failed dining experience to inattentive service with a large amount of attitude. Attitude for what? I still don't know.
A couple notes regarding other reviews I've read: 1) There is no fanfare surrounding the "Presentation of the Burgers". They come out in two shifts and if you don't get one on the first shift (or second), an announcement that "They're here!" would be pretty heartless, especially if you're hungry. 2) In most places that call their meats "charcuterie" you end up with half the meat for twice the price...Holeman and Finch is no different. 3) This restaurant is all about the waiting...and waiting...and waiting, which is why I believe the food is revolutionary to some. In other words, by the time your order arrives you're so hungry that you'd gladly eat dirt topped with grass clippings and later proclaim it a culinary masterpiece. 4) Upon further reflection it appears that their "business model" includes squeezing money out of patrons through appetizers as they wait for ordered entrees.
And regarding their legendary burgers...sure, they're not bad, however, their fries are soggy and severely over-salted; you could do just as well with a double steakburger with cheese at Steak and Shake fresh off the grill (Damn that's good!). There are many restaurants in Atlanta with wonderful food and service to match, unfortunately, Holman and Finch is not among them. In summary, H&F is not worth the time or money; do yourself a favor and pass over this place....go explore the tofu houses on Buford Highway, tasty Cuban fare on Ponce, rediscover the Buckhead Diner or blow your wad at the Ritz, at least the service is good there.
Worst dining experience in my 5+ years in Atlanta – A group of us ventured to H&F one Saturday night to try the infamous "best burger in Atlanta." I'm going to tell my story in bullet-point format, because the unabridged version would take a year:
-Get to H&F at 7:30pm
-Forced to stand in overcrowded bar with 3 million other people
-Drink service is terrible, drinks are overpriced, drinks are pitifully small
-Seated after 2 hour wait (9:30pm) and $200 bar tab
-Told we cannot each have an individual burgers, that we have to share
-Wait an additional hour for our burgers while people who were seated after us received theirs, paid, and left
-Told that our burgers had been put on hold for no apparent reason
-Asked for the check and to-go boxes for our cold, unwanted burgers
-Finally received our check after an additional 20 minutes of waiting, with no apologies (11pm)
-Left H&F, miserable and uncompensated
Do not be swayed by other 5-star reviews posted here that were clearly created by employees of Holeman and Finch trying to marginalize the experiences of real diners. Do not eat here, it is not worth your time.
Gastronomic Heaven for meat-lovers and cocktail swillers – House cured meats dry-age before your eyes in glass cases. GQ magazine-highlighted cocktails are poured out into vintage glasses. Plaid-shirt-wearing and beard-sporting servers in white bistro aprons deliver shareable plates a la carte with a vast knowledge of both the menu and the food. Skillet roasted mushrooms with silky polenta go wonderful with the house charcuterie served on a wooden plank. Follow that up with gratin of marrow or move on to smoky pork belly to really indulge in primal carnivorism. Every night at ten p.m. is burger time (as hollered via megaphone), but with a very limited amount prepared each day, you better order yours a full hour before to ensure you snare the best cheeseburger in town.
Terrible Horrible Very Bad Restaurant/Experience – After multiple months of talking my friends and I decided to splurge (PhD students in need of monetary help) and try out Buckhead’s Holeman and Finch. After perusing the website we were convinced that there was something seductive about 24 elite double patty carrying 10pm burgers served at the request of only the first to be seated...With the no reservation policy we figured we would need to show up early to get seated by 9:30. The eight of us walked in the door at 7:45 and took a “seat” or a “stand” at the bar area. After mulling the drink selection we all ordered. By 8:30 (and I am NOT exaggerating) the less than plused waiter brought each drink out one by one, spaced ten minutes apart to our table. My drink was called the “NumbSkull” it was eleven dollars of the smallest drink I have ever had…not to mention the most lack-luster of drinks I have had. We all ordered different drinks each with one thing in common…little volume for a big price. They were a bunch of fancy names with no follow through. After another hour all eight of us were seated at a communal table in the center to the dinning room. Immediately we informed the waiter (at 9:30pm) that we would like to order 8 burgers if possible! The waiter was quick to tell us that he couldn’t pull an order of 8 but he could do 4 (he never gave us a reason, even after the whole ordeal.) We settled for this not knowing any difference. Finally 10pm came and burgers were pouring out of the kitchen…into other people’s tables and smiley faces..In fact the party of 4 next to us at the communal table each got their OWN burger @ 10pm SHARP!! and they sat 30 min after us! ...10pm went..10:30 came…10:45 went…At this point we had been instructed by our waiter to purchase separate entrees to subsidize the only half a burger per person issue. We ordered multiple plates of fried pickles, deviled eggs, fried oysters, a fried pig tail, a sweet bread plate (thymus), a pork shoulder...etc etc etc… We ordered what seemed to be a million glasses of champagne/wine/beer/martinis to accompany our magnitude of food we were instructed to order. At 11pm the table next to us started making fun of the fact that our burgers had not made it onto the grill yet. HA! That is when we realized we were being screwed. I know you can’t believe it took us that long. In the end we made it known to the waiter and self-proclaimed “partial-owner” that we were neglected and that our “special burgers” never made it to the table. At this point the burgers anxiously found the grill. The burgers were taken care of by the restaurant ..but as for the rest of the enormous bill we were left to the wolves. All we wanted to do was come and get a drink and a hamburger. Why is that so hard to ask?
The owner claimed it is a “business model” ..I claim it is a gimmick and a farse. If you are going to advertise that you have 24 burgers at 10pm that come out on a plate than HAVE 24 burgers that come out on a plate and stop trying to make us buy more food and beverage! Essentially this pub uses their burger ellure to bring paying customers and trick them into thinking that they will get the burger…when in the end they are holding the burger hostage until you buy half the restaurant.
There are so many parts of this story I am going to leave out for word count reasons. If there is a take home message it is this: “Do NOT go to Holeman and Finch EVER…if you are into tasty food and drinks try Decatur’s Brickstore, Leons, , Cake’s and Ale, The Book House or Murphy’s”…Don’t waste your time on H&E, it is TERRIBLE.
Wine & dine in style at this savory in-town spot – Believe it or not, H + F can do a whole lot more than a killer late night burger. Housed across the street from its sibling Restaurant Eugene, patrons can experience offal in an exotic fashion, and pair their meaty choices with a drinks menu that contends to be the best in the city. For those who dare to walk on the wild side, sink your teeth into the oh-so-fatty yet oh-so-good Pig’s Tail, the Gratin of Marrow which is laced with just the right amount of olive oil and garlic to mop up with the accompanying country bread and Veal Brains cooked in a cast iron skillet, so good you’d think it was pure “buttah”. Finish off with the Sticky Toffee Cake which rivals those at some of London’s finest establishments, and you’ve got the perfect new in-town obsession that’s destined to become a cult classic.
Unique variety of food and drinks! – The intimate environment of Holeman & Finch provides an experience that is hard to come by nowadays. The long, banquet style shared tables allows for camaraderie among guests. With delicious, succulent food, good drinks and big laughs, H&F truly embodies the spirit of a pub with the care to detail and quality as a 4 star restaurant. More private booths are also available, if you so choose. Immediately the atmosphere draws you in and the friendly staff gives you menus that are filled with such a wide variety of great food. Our favorites are the pork belly sandwich, fried oysters, squash casserole, mussels, and delicious crostini with pate', but literally anything on the menu is sure to be mouthwatering. If the food is delicious, the drinks are to die for. The staff of mixologists create innovative, awe-inspiring drinks that are worth the visit alone. LOVED IT--I'm heading back tomorrow.
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Late Nite's, Coca-Cola Float Cocktails & Pig Ear Sandwiches! – I've got to give it to Chef Linton Hopkin's for coming up with this one. For those of us who live in Buckhead, and after a long night at the bars, and we can't get to Ponce for the Majestic, to the rescue is Holman & Finch Public House, across the alley from Hopkin's Restaurant Eugene. And it's open til 3am. And is it ever jumping! We got there too late for one of those Cheeseburger's In Pardise. But stood in the hallway, with the rest of the loonies, sipping on a wicked Coke-Cola Float Cocktail w/Candied Lime Peel. Finally got into one of the cozy booths, and started with a fabu Chicken Liver Pate, w/homemade Bread & Butter Pickles. And we were all feeling just right, and tried a Pig Ear Sandwich. It was crunchy, like good Applewood Bacon, but we are coming back for one of those Cheeseburger's. Service was excellent, considering the pushy, highly intoxicated party Buckhead crowd. The place is a winner.
Excellent carinovory – I had heard the buzz - best cheeseburgers ever. Well, I'm afraid to say it's true. They really are excellent. My theory is that they spread butter on the hamburger buns (which have a brioche feel to them) and then grill them prior to adding the pair of burgers, cheese and pickle. Whatever they're doing it absolutely works. These hamburgers are addictive.
The negative, of course, is that they only make a limited number of burgers a night. Why? It suggests a desire to create even more buzz, and given the love that people had for these burgers, I'd suggest the owners might want to loosen up the hamburger embargo. We arrived at 9:30 and reserved our burgers. I realize that's insane, but I'm glad we did, they sold out about 5 minutes after 10 (on a Tuesday night).
The rest of the menu is geared toward serious carnivory. We wanted to try things not usually found around town. First, the chicken liver pate with a layer of jam and a side of tomato pickles is much better than my auntie used to make, in fact, it's quite dreamy, smooth and spreadable. The jam provides a sweet contrast and the pickles are a perfect palate cleanser. The other interesting spread was the marrow gratin. Nothing like ordering a femur for dinner, yum! Really, it's quite good, and again very spreadable. The only mediocre thing we had was the catfish poppers, I'm not sure how it would be possible to make this stand out from fried fish at a pub, and it didn't.
The space has a mixture of booth, table, and bar seating in two distinct areas. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy the menu. I usually don't like going to Buckhead, but this is going on the rotation.
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