1. beef carpaccio, parmesan, arugula, chives, olive dust, Lake Garda olive oil, lemon, dijon
2. ravioli with ricotta, spring Vidalias and mushrooms
3. shrimp & tomato bisque, shrimp crostini with dill
4. little gem lettuces, avocado green goddess dressing, cucumber, radish, marinated shallot, rock crab, grapefruit
1. seared Maine scallops, peas with mint and parmesan, clementines, beets, brown butter
2. 12 oz beef ribeye, chimichurri butter, punched yukon gold potato, frisee and radicchio
3. roasted quails with scallion marinade, whipped parsnips with creme fraiche, melted cabbage, kumquats and mustard-caramel jus
4. seasonal vegetable plate
1. dark chocolate tart with sea salt, passion fruit sauce, coconut gelato
2. raspberry-almond cake, roasted almond gelato, basil
3. panna cotta - Italian sweet cream custard - local strawberries preserves from last spring, balsamic pearls
4. Condor Chocolates tasting
$55 per guest
January 2018 is Olive Oil Month at The National!
Celebrating the great flavor and health benefits of truly great extra virgin olive oil as we begin the new year. Every week, we'll be featuring a different Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Trentino, Italy. Some of the world's finest extra virgin olive oil, available right here in Athens, Georgia, thanks to Uncommon Gourmet Associates.
Four different Extra Virgin Olive Oils - 46th Parallel Green, White and Blue Label, plus ULIVA Garda Trentino Black Label - featured on our table and on our menus each week in January. Stop in for lunch or dinner to try the week's featured 'EVOO' and purchase a bottle to take home too (see pricing below).
Olive Oil Tasting and Class at The National on January 7, 2-4pm. Led by Randall Abney of Uncommon Gourmet, you'll learn about the month's featured olive oils, health benefits of regular consumption of true extra virgin olive oil and taste one the most rare and regarded olive oils in the world. Free to attend! Call 706-549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and questions.
Olive Oil and Wine Dinner at The National on January 16 at 6:30pm. Call 706-549-3450 or email email@example.com to reserve a table. $65 per guest for 4 courses with wine pairings.
1. Snacks to start
beet caprese, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil
beef carpaccio, local arugula, parmigiano, extra virgin olive oil
Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, Terre di San Leonardo, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2010
farro soup with winter vegetables, pancetta, grana, tiny croutons, extra virgin olive oil
Pinot Nero, Abbazia di Novacella, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2016
olive-oil poached cod with saffron, tomato, fennel, capers, olive dust and meyer lemon
Pinot Grigio, Tramin, Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy, 2016
olive oil cake with citrus and olive oil gelato
Brut Prosecco, Adami Garbèl, Treviso, Italy, NV
Featured Olive Oil Cocktail: JANUARY SOUR
ASW Georgia Apple Brandy, Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Egg White, Cinnamon, Lemon, Bitters, Herbsaint
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Sale
OLIDEA Olive Dust
46 Parallel Green Label
46 Parallel Blue Label
46 Parallel White Label
organic, 500mL, $37.95
ULIVA Garda Trentino Black Label
The National's New Year’s Eve Menu
December 31, 2017
$58 per guest
yellowtail crudo, meyer lemon, red pepper, chives, olive dust, evoo
roasted carrots, burrata mozzarella, arugula, carrot top pesto, grilled bread
pork rillette, duck prosciutto, and salami with mustard, sour cherry jam, cornichons, toast
Sicilian lifeguard calamari with tomato, currants, caperberries, chili, pearl couscous
cheese & herb ravioli, crispy prosciutto, balsamic pearls
local lettuces, crisp pork belly, salted red cabbage, oven tomato, cucumber, buttermilk-feta dressing, pumpernickel crumbs
petite filet of beef, butter-poached prawn, celery root puree, red chimichurri
pan roasted bronzino, Mediterranean bass, freshly milled rice grits, rock crab and fennel, saffron broth
roasted duck breast, whipped parsnips, grilled scallion, quince vinegar jus, blood orange
seasonal vegetable plate
grapefruit parfait, grapefruit custard, kumquat jam, honeycomb crumbs, whipped tarragon creme fraîche
Japanese-style cheesecake, diplomat cream, tropical fruit, coconut, macadamia
chocolate ganache, lime shortbread crumbs, mezcal raspberry sauce
$58 per guest
*Seating until 10:30pm in dining room, food at bar until midnight
**Wine pairing menu optional
***Menu available a la carte at the bar, plus olives, dates, boquerones, and hummus
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NATIONAL
Bring The National home for the holidays! Spice things up with Mediterranean seasoned salt and Condor Chocolate’s finishing sugar. Raise the bar with our Housemade Tonic. For the Athens foodie, grab a copy of Juanina Kocher’s Classic City Cooking signed by Peter Dale, plus all of Hugh Acheson’s autographed cookbooks including the latest - The Chef and The Slow Cooker. For the one on your list who has everything, a gift certificate makes the best gift.
HUGH ACHESON'S AUTOGRAPHED COOKBOOKS
THE CHEF AND THE SLOW COOKER $29.99
THE BROAD FORK $35
PICK A PICKLE $15
A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH $35
CLASSIC CITY COOKING BY JUANINA KOCHER SIGNED BY PETER DALE $29.95
THE NATIONAL T-SHIRTS SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE $20
THE NATIONAL HAT BLACK $18 CAMO $19
HOUSE HOT SAUCE $10 (3 FOR $25)
SMALL BATCH HOUSE-MADE TONIC $15
LA MARTINA OLIVE OIL SMALL 250ml $14
LA MARTINA OLIVE OIL LARGE 5L $63
GEORGIA OLIVE OIL $28
MINI CANE SYRUP BOTTLES $3
THE NATIONAL BBS SEASONED SALT $9
CONDOR BBS FINISHING SUGAR $9
GIFT CERTIFICATES IN ANY VALUE AVAILABLE IN STORE, VIA PHONE OR ONLINE
Stop by The National anytime to purchase your gifts!
Hanukkah Dinner at The National
December 18 - 19, 2017
blackeyed pea hummus with dill and paprika, warm flatbread
sweet potato latke with sour cream, sauteed apples and scallion
roasted salmon, fresh milled grits, melted red cabbage, pomegranate relish
beef brisket, braised greens, olive oil-whipped turnips, sumac onion
apple gelato, honey, sugar cookies
carrot cake with salted tahini frosting and pistachios
$32 per guest
Call 706-549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table
ON THE MENU
passed hors d'oeuvres upon arrival
endive with eggplant, tahini, pita-za'atar crumbs
portobello sliders, kimchee, vegan mayo
independent bread, olive oil with herbs and spices
local lettuces, broccoli, dried vegetables, lemon vinaigrette
roasted carrots, black garlic, macadamia and sesame
creamed wheatberries, cauliflower, basil and chili
braised lentils, smoked tomato and chard
twice baked butternut squash with pecans and cocao nibs
roasted hen-of-the-wood mushrooms, crispy onions, vegan demi, pine oil
dessert served individually
toasted yellow cake, cranberry sorbet, lime, mint
almond milk-hot cocoa with marshmallows
Saturday, September 30
10pm - midnight at The Bar at The National
a pop-up event featuring Mediterranean shareable small plates by Shay Lavi of Let's Eat! and cocktails by bar manager Michael Clancy
Let's Eat's Shay Lavi takes over our bar with his menu of Mediterranean snacks served up alongside Michael Clancy's cocktails, Creature Comforts beer and Spanish wine. A large portion of proceeds from this after-hours revelry will go directly to help with hurricane relief efforts. Come on out for a delicious late night transformation of the Bar at The National!
Baked Stuffed Eggplants with Cheese and Herbs
“Yoratelo suflaki” aka Baked Lamb Patties with Flatbread, Tomato Sauce, Greek Yogurt, Salad
“Kreas saganaki” aka Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Fried Anchovies and Sardines stuffed with Herbs and Cheese
Baked Pastry stuffed with Lamb and Beef Ragu
Deep Fried “Cigars”
Martahini gins, toasted sesame seed, vermouth bitters
Break Fast Negroni brandy, bruto, vermouth, egg white
Tzedakah rye, citrus, honey, apple, scotch mist
*Zhough or Zhug: a versatile green chile paste; a staple condiment in Yemini and Israeli cuisine
acorn squash salad, local lettuces, pepitas, cranberries, pomegranate-ginger vinaigrette
bruschetta with goat cheese-artichoke spread, frisee, roasted tomato vinaigrette
crispy pork milanesa, purple potatoes, lemony arugula, marinated onion, capers, parmesan dressing
roasted swordfish, creamy polenta, eggplant caponata, salsa verde
apple pie with whipped cream and salted caramel
"affogado": chocolate gelato topped with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallow
$36 per guest
To make reservations, call (706)549-3450 or email email@example.com
Don't feel like calling the Dawgs this Saturday?
Take a 'Trip to Spain' with us this weekend instead. Make it a dinner and movie kind of night!
This weekend, Cine brings us 'A Trip to Spain', Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's third installment of their deadpan comedic documentation of a culinary road trip that takes them this time to Spain. On Saturday, you can get in the mood here at The National with 3-courses of Spanish delight for $36 per guest. Seatings are available anytime from 7pm - close; to make a reservation, call (706) 549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Menu...
to begin, bread, olive oil, Spanish corn nuts
escarole salad with roasted tomato, olives, garrotxa cheese,
xato dressing gf
broiled piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese and serrano ham, fried garlic, herbs and breadcrumbs
boquerones (marinated white anchovies) pickled chili, caperberry & tomato-garlic toast
shrimp rice Spanish calasparra rice with Gulf shrimp, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, Spanish chorizo and saffron, orange aioli gf
grilled hanger steak Spanish spice rub, home fries, arugula with marinated onions, sherry vinegar steak sauce gf
warm pear & almond cake dusted with powdered sugar and sherry syrup
chocolate olive oil cake soft whipped cream and orange
Why should you spend Game Day with us?
It's true, we don't have a television.
But during the game, we welcome all townies, regulars, casual sports bystanders, girlfriends and wives, really anybody not so interested in viewing the Dawgs' latest win--that could be you! Unlike many weekends, it's easy to walk in or make a reservation while the football game is on. To avoid the difficult parking on game days, we recommend taking a Lyft or Uber to get downtown. Make a pit stop at the bar for a cocktail because now you can! Most importantly, all season long we are thrilled to offer a special 3-course dinner menu during the game for those who care to spend the evening with us!
As always, score updates are available on request 😉
ON THE MENU
$32 per guest
Portuguese-style tomato soup, croutons and scallion
grilled romaine heart, creamy piquillo pepper dressing, parmesan, marinated onion, crispy capers gf
slow-cooked beef bavette steak, roasted red fingerling potatoes, green zebra tomato and radish, chimichurri gf
rigatoni pasta, Benji's sausage, mushrooms, a touch of cream and parmesan
seasonal vegetable plate
fig-almond cake, whipped cream
chocolate gelato, date syrup, cocoa nibs, orange zest gf
Call 706-549-3450 or email email@example.com to make your reservation.
welcome seasonal spritz
sips of chilled carrot-ginger soup
endive, smoked trout, grapefruit, avocado
Seated Family-Style Dinner
kampachi crudo (chilled raw fish) with sesame, chili oil, chives
tomatoes, fresh and roasted, almond ricotta, basil, GA olive oil
grilled eggplant salad, red pepper-pecan romesco sauce, mint, cilantro, pomegranate molasses, sumac onions
poached wild salmon, lobster-corn-tarragon salsa
gently cooked pork tenderloin, figs, shallot confit, salsa verde
avocado key lime pie
This special menu, celebrating the harvest of summer, is 100% paleo. All are happily invited to join us for this evening of excellent food, drink and company, hosted by our friends at Metal+Petal.
The third annual Georgia Restaurant Week, brought to you by the Georgia Restaurant Association, aims to highlight the various dining options that are available to consumers throughout Georgia. This week allows patrons, both local and from out of state, to explore various dining options throughout Georgia for a set price and experience the local Georgia products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants.
From July 17 -23, The National will feature a 3-course Spanish-inspired prix fixe menu at dinner for $35 per guest. You can read about the other restaurants participating in Athens here.
tomato gazpacho with traditional garnishes df
grilled romaine heart, almond romesco sauce, marinated onion gf/df
chicken thighs braised with tomato, peppers, annatto and Creature Comforts Bibo, over Red Mule polenta, scallion salsa verde
Arroz Caldoso, Spanish-style brothy rice with shrimp and chorizo gf
frozen yogurt with cherries and pistachios gf
toasted brioche, whipped mascarpone, Condor Chocolate sauce, sea salt
*accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made
Have you heard? Last year The National took home 2nd Place in the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Competition, and this year we're going for the gold! But first, we need your help to win the people's vote that will take us there. Vote now and vote often through July 14 if you think we should represent our region, the Historic Heartland, in the 2017 Competition.
If you're not convinced yet, don't take our word for it! Our delicious take on classic Shrimp & Grits is available at lunch all week. We serve up sweet Georgia shrimp sautéed with Spanish chorizo, cherry tomato, leeks, peppers and kale over creamy local Red Mule polenta with fresh corn folded in. Yum.
On Saturday, June 10
join us for a block-party-style literary event in Five Points! Hosted by Avid Bookshop, David Sedaris will read from his latest book Theft by Finding. Although the in-store event sold out within minutes, the lawn behind the Henrietta Apartments will be open and the reading audible via speakers for all the public to hear. Plus! Mr. Sedaris will be available to sign your copy of Theft by Finding into the late hours of the evening.
Beginning at 5:30pm, you can grab a ticket from Avid for the book signing, so arrive early and enjoy the block party -- you'll receive a text when it's your turn to meet Mr. Sedaris! All night you can enjoy snacks and drinks at Condor Chocolates alongside a mini-pop up from The National. Creature Comforts Tropicalia will be available on the lawn as well.
What a great excuse to spend this Saturday evening in Five Points. Thanks Avid!
FAQ'S from AVID AT FIVE POINTS
I'm not attending the reading portion, but still want to meet Mr. Sedaris and get books signed. What can I do while I wait?
Our Five Points neighborhood is full of wonderful local establishments to help you pass the time! We highly recommend grabbing dinner and drinks at The Royal Peasant, Donna Chang's, or The Pine. The National will have a pop-up at Condor Chocolates! If you need a caffeine boost, grab some coffee at Jittery Joe's or Two Story Coffeehouse. Find a delectable dessert at Condor Chocolates.
Where can I park my car?
We are securing overflow parking thanks to our Five Points Business Association partners. Current parking locations (besides public parking) include Bella Salon, Fleet Feet Sports Athens, and Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.
If I didn't get a ticket to the reading, when can I join the signing line?
We will open up the signing line to the public once all ticket holders have gotten their books signed. We estimate that we will open the doors to the public around 9 p.m. We will distribute tickets (which are first-come, first-served) starting at 5:30pm and will call people in groups via text messaging according to their ticket number. This way, you can hang out in the Five Points area instead of standing in line for hours!
I heard David Sedaris will stay until the wee hours to meet people and sign their books. Is this true?
Yes! Mr. Sedaris will be at Avid at Five Points until he has met each and every one of his fans. So if you didn't get tickets to the reading portion, or can't make it to the shop until later in the evening, don't fret! We anticipate this book party to run well into the night.
Can I view a livestream of the reading, or watch a recording of the event later?
Per the publisher's request, we cannot record or air live video of the event; however, we will be broadcasting a live audio recording of Mr. Sedaris’s reading outside the bookshop.
Can I have my picture taken with Mr. Sedaris?
We’re sorry, no photographs are allowed.
I've ordered a copy of Theft By Finding. When can I get it?
You can pick up your book on or after May 30th, when it comes out, or on the day of the event. If you have already purchased a copy and can't make it to the event, we can get it signed for you.
Can I get a signed book if I can't make it to the reading?
Absolutely! Place an order via phone or online and we will get you a signed copy. We ship everywhere around the nation.
Collective Harvest and The National present: Feast in the Field with Peter Dale
Sunday May 21 at 4pm
at Front Field Farm, 105 West Beaverdam Road, Winterville, GA
$75 per person, includes family-style dinner, alcohol, tax and gratuity
Please join Collective Harvest and The National for The Feast in the Field Dinner on Sunday May 21st at Front Field Farm. All proceeds go towards the Fresh Food Fund. The Collective Harvest Fresh Food Fund helps to offset the financial obstacles to eat local, healthy and organic food for low-income individuals and families while also keeping more money in the local economy.
We will begin our family style feast at 4pm with a welcome cocktail and a tour of the farm. Afterwards we will sit for a meal by Chef Peter Dale featuring produce from Collective Harvest. All drinks are included with your ticket, as is tax and gratuity.
ON THE MENU..
featuring all produce from Collective Harvest and locally-sourced meat and seafood
Passed Hors D'oeuvres
chicken liver mousse on toasts, pickled turnips
smoked trout on cucumber with radishes
escarole wraps with carrot muhummara
grilled beef short ribs, shaved cabbage, garlic chive salsa verde
chilled GA shrimp with kohlrabi, dill and sorrel
charred broccoli salad with broccoli greens, basil, pecans and chili
green beans and radishes with caper vinaigrette
beets and carrots, arugula, cracked local wheat, leek vinaigrette
butterball potato salad with egg, scallion and mustard
bread from Independent, Banner Butter from Atlanta
make your own smores
Athens Chefs Dinners bring together some of our favorite local chefs to create a unique meal for you. Rotating themes and host restaurants keep it interesting.
This month at The National, chefs are exploring the fresh, breezy cuisine of the Golden State highlighting Latin, Asian, European and native influences studded with the incredible bounty of California's land and seas. Wet your palate with your choice of beverages from a curated list of California wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshers.
Athens Chefs Dinner: California Dreamin'
Monday, April 24 at The National
Seating at 6:30pm
$50 per guest includes 7 courses and a welcome cocktail
Reservations encouraged! Call (706) 549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table today; these dinners typically sell out.
ON THE MENU...
San Diego Fish Taco fried fish, spicy crema, purple cabbage, cilantro, lime, red onion, house tortillas
Patrick Stubbers, Seabear Oyster Bar
Grilled Avocado tomatillo, poblano, pickled onions, cilantro, lime, and cotija cheese
Jeremy Collins, The National
Grilled Artichokes chimichurri, shrimp cream, queso fresco, toasted rice & almonds
Mimi Maumus, Home.Made
Beef and Pistachio Sausage broccoli, animal style
Joel Penn, Heirloom Cafe
Pork “Steaks" braised in fermented black bean, sour apple, and cilantro, with bok choi and carrot kimchi, arugula pudding and toasted sesame
Jarad Blanton, The Last Resort
Grilled Beef Short Rib Santa Maria rub, pinquito beans, salsa fresca
Peter Dale, The National
Black Sesame Sourdough Madeleine strawberries, olive oil creme anglaise, fennel meringue, honey