OK, so I was a picky eater growing up. Like, really picky. Like, I didn’t try pineapple/queso/pistachios until I was 24 picky. Despite a ton of international travel and mom who loves to cook, I was (and still am occasionally) what I like to call a chicken tender girl.
My friend, Erica, is a huge foodie here in Atlanta. When I go out to eat with her, we always have a wild time… and I am always guaranteed (forced) to try something new. Nine times out of ten, I love her suggestions and bow down to the queen. And then there are the few times she insist I try something I know I won’t like (raw tuna) and I completely regret it.
At the end of 2016, she invited me to dinner at a restaurant OTP called Noble Fin. I’d never heard of it, but was totally down. She picked me up outside of my apartment and we hit the highway.
We ordered our usual go-tos, wine and raw oysters, before we even got to the table. Usually, one (sometimes three) dozen raw oysters and a glass (okay, a bottle) of white wine sounds like the perfect meal to me. But whenever I go out with Erica, we mix it up and order a little bit of everything, so I knew this was just the beginning.
Our server was really friendly, so we also started with the crab cake at his recommendation…. It was stellar. The crab was totally fresh and there wasn’t any filler or breadcrumb. I give it a 12/10, conservatively.
Naturally, we ordered some things we knew we’d love, like scallops and shrimp n’ grits (fav).
But it wouldn’t be a productive night out if we didn’t try something new, would it? Erica, of course, ordered the one thing on the menu I was praying she wouldn’t see: the brussels sprouts. Let’s not act like brussels sprouts are just some innocent vegetable- they’ve been the butt of jokes for decades. Just because the kale-eating, yoga-loving hotties live for them now, doesn’t mean they actually taste good. Erica obviously insisted (demanded) I try at least one before we left. I put up a good fight but eventually caved… and they were surprisingly…. amazing. I threw my pride to the wind (whatever) and helped myself to some more. At age 25, I lost my brussels sprouts virginity and I don’t regret a thing.
Our dinner that night was incredible and is just one of the meals that inspired my 2017 resolution to try more new foods. If you make it out to Noble Fin, everything is magnificent but I personally recommend the crab cake, shrimp n’ grits, and brussels sprouts.
I can’t wait to share what I try next!