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1.

acorn squash salad, local lettuces, pepitas, cranberries, pomegranate-ginger vinaigrette

or

bruschetta with goat cheese-artichoke spread, frisee, roasted tomato vinaigrette

 

2.

crispy pork milanesa, purple potatoes, lemony arugula, marinated onion, capers, parmesan dressing

or

roasted swordfish, creamy polenta, eggplant caponata, salsa verde 

 

3.

apple pie with whipped cream and salted caramel

or

"affogado":  chocolate gelato topped with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallow

 

$36 per guest
To make reservations, call (706)549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.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 reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com. 

 

On the Menu...

to begin, bread, olive oil, Spanish corn nuts

1.

escarole salad with roasted tomato, olives, garrotxa cheese, 

xato dressing   gf

or

broiled piquillo peppers  stuffed with goat cheese and serrano ham, fried garlic, herbs and breadcrumbs

or

boquerones  (marinated white anchovies)  pickled chili, caperberry & tomato-garlic toast  

 

2.

shrimp rice  Spanish calasparra rice with Gulf shrimp, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, Spanish chorizo and saffron, orange aioli  gf

or

grilled hanger steak  Spanish spice rub, home fries, arugula with marinated onions, sherry vinegar steak sauce  gf

or

vegetable plate

 

3.

warm pear & almond cake  dusted with powdered sugar and sherry syrup

or

chocolate olive oil cake  soft whipped cream and orange 

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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

1.

Portuguese-style tomato soup, croutons and scallion  

or

grilled romaine heart, creamy piquillo pepper dressing, parmesan, marinated onion, crispy capers  gf

 

2.

slow-cooked beef bavette steak, roasted red fingerling potatoes, green zebra tomato and radish, chimichurri  gf

or

rigatoni pasta, Benji's sausage, mushrooms, a touch of cream and parmesan

or

seasonal vegetable plate

 

3.

fig-almond cake, whipped cream

or

chocolate gelato, date syrup, cocoa nibs, orange zest  gf

 

Call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com to make your reservation.

To Begin

welcome seasonal spritz

 

Hors d'Oeuvres

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

 

Dessert

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.

 

1.

tomato gazpacho with traditional garnishes  df
or
grilled romaine heart, almond romesco sauce, marinated onion  gf/df

 

2.

chicken thighs braised with tomato, peppers, annatto and Creature Comforts Bibo, over Red Mule polenta, scallion salsa verde
or
Arroz Caldoso, Spanish-style brothy rice with shrimp and chorizo  gf

 

3.

frozen yogurt with cherries and pistachios   gf
or
toasted brioche, whipped mascarpone, Condor Chocolate sauce, sea salt

 

*accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made

 

We recommend making reservations with us by calling (706) 549-3450 or emailing reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com

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
 

Family-Style Dinner

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
 

Dessert

strawberry shortcake

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 reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com 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

Jo Nichol

 

 

Dancing with the Athens Stars Team 6 partnered with Chef Peter Dale to bring his cooking to your home, all to benefit Project Safe! Meal boxes will provide ingredients and a detailed recipe to make a delicious dinner inspired by The National.

 

On the menu:

braised chicken with tomatoes and peppers, slaw of local greens, served over creamy Red Mule polenta

 

Meal boxes are $30 for a meal for two. Purchase two boxes for a family of 4 and three for a family of 6. In the style of services such as Blue Apron, these boxes come pre-prepped and pre-portioned for you to make a gourmet meal in your own home--and to have fun doing it. 

 

All packaging is recyclable or reusable and all ingredients are Georgia grown where possible. 

 

Pick-up your boxes at The National on March 20, 2017 from 11am - 6pm.
 

My Athens, Ciné and The National present a Fancy Oscars Pre-Party in the CineLab on Saturday, February 25th! 

Come dressed in your best red carpet attire! Cocktails will be served at 6:15 with a coursed, family-style dinner provided by The National beginning at 7:00, including beer pairings by Wild Heaven. Tickets are available here for $70 per guest, including dinner and drinks. All proceeds benefit Athens Film Arts Institute and the growth of Ciné as our local arthouse cinema.

 

To Begin: 

artisanal cured meats and cheeses, crostinis

paired with welcome cocktail

 

(1)
bread from Independent with Banner Butter and Georgia olive oil

escarole and radicchio with pecorino and dried currants

paired with Wild Heaven White Blackbird Saison

 

(2)
roasted quail over braised cannellini beans, roasted tomato-salsa verde

poached asparagus with deviled egg dressing and baby shrimp

Carolina Gold rice salad with octopus, chickpeas and smoked paprika vinaigrette

beets with pomegranate dressing, almonds, mint and feta

punched sweet potatoes with tahini dressing, SC benne, red onion curtido, cilantro

paired with Wild Heaven Eschaton Quad

 

(3)
Portuguese custard tarts and Condor Chocolates to finish

paired with Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy coffee brown ale

Join us as we tour the backroads of the winding west coast of Spain and Portugal. Through five courses paired with six wines, you'll be introduced to the largely unknown but incredible wines made from native grapes of the Iberian Peninsula. In partnership with Ole Imports and ABC Package, we bring you a wine dinner of exploration and flavor. Seatings are available at 6:30pm on Monday, February 27 $70 per guest, plus tax and gratuity On the Menu... 1. Serrano ham, almonds, olives, smoked mackerel spread, grilled bread Poco do Lobo, Aristo, Bairrada, Portugal 1995 2. Salt cod salad, tomato, red and green pepper, spring Vidalia, black olive, egg, GA olive oil Ferriol, Xarello, Penedés, Spain 2015 3. Broad River Pastures suckling guinea hog, mushrooms, kale and chorizo A Portela, Mencia, Valdeorras, Spain 2014 and Xisto Ilimitado, Touriga Franca-Tinta Amarela-Tinta Roriz, Douro, Portugal 2014 4. Community Meat Co. braised oxtails and crispy potatoes Portal Tinto, Garnacha-Carignan-Merlot, Terra Alta, Spain 2012 5. artisanal cheeses with accompaniments Dolc d'Orto Blanc, Garnacha Blanca, Montsant, Spain 2014 chocolates to finish For reservations call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com  

Join us as we tour the backroads of the winding west coast of Spain and Portugal. Through five courses paired with six wines, you'll be introduced to the largely unknown but incredible wines made from native grapes of the Iberian Peninsula. In partnership with Ole Imports and ABC Package, we bring you a wine dinner of exploration and flavor.

Seatings are available at 6:30pm on Monday, February 27
$70 per guest, plus tax and gratuity



On the Menu...

1.
Serrano ham, almonds, olives, smoked mackerel spread, grilled bread
Poco do Lobo, Aristo, Bairrada, Portugal 1995

2.
Salt cod salad, tomato, red and green pepper, spring Vidalia, black olive, egg, GA olive oil
Ferriol, Xarello, Penedés, Spain 2015


3.
Broad River Pastures suckling guinea hog, mushrooms, kale and chorizo
A Portela, Mencia, Valdeorras, Spain 2014
and
Xisto Ilimitado, Touriga Franca-Tinta Amarela-Tinta Roriz, Douro, Portugal 2014


4.
Community Meat Co. braised oxtails and crispy potatoes
Portal Tinto, Garnacha-Carignan-Merlot, Terra Alta, Spain 2012


5.
artisanal cheeses with accompaniments
Dolc d'Orto Blanc, Garnacha Blanca, Montsant, Spain 2014

chocolates to finish


For reservations call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com
 

Valentine's Day at The National
Tuesday, February 14
4-course prix fixe menu, $50 per guest

Seatings in the dining room are prix-fixe only, available 5 - 10pm
Menu available a la carte at the bar, in addition to: olives, bravas, dates, hummus, boquerones


To begin:
warm bread from Independent, whipped herb butter
marinated olives with cornichons


Appetizers:

celery root soup
lobster, celery leaves, saffron oil

grilled octopus
white bean hummus, pistachio salsa verde, paprika, kumquat
 

winter Greek salad
kale, frisee, carrots, beets, cucumbers, red onion, feta, kalamatas, red wine-oregano vinaigrette
 

iceberg wedge salad
roasted tomatoes, avocado, radishes, marinated onions, gorgonzola dressing, crisp pork belly, breadcrumbs

artisanal meats and cheese
marcona almonds, olives, quince jams, toasts


Entrees:

roasted Mediterranean sea bass
"black" Carolina Gold rice, romesco, marinated white asparagus and spring Vidalias

roasted duck breast
duck fat potatoes, melted cabbage, roasted grapes, scallion relish, PX sherry jus

braised beef short ribs
whipped parsnips, crispy brussels sprouts, tomato gremolata

ravioli
mozzarella and prosciutto, brown butter, sage

seasonal vegetable plate


Dessert:

basque cake
filled with raspberry, raspberry gelato, almonds, anglais

flourless chocolate cake
hazelnut-chocolate gelato, toasted hazelnuts, blood orange sauce

vanilla panna cotta
tropical fruit, hibiscus, toasted coconut

Condor Chocolates Dark Chocolate Tasting

 

Call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com to make a reservation! 

Bring The National Home for the Holidays!

 

This year, Chef Peter Dale collaborated with Beautiful Briny Sea to craft a Condor Chocolates Finishing Sugar and a Specialty Salt seasoned with the flavors of The National. These final touch products, along with Georgia Olive Oil and La Martina Olive Oil, make the perfect gifts for the creative cook in the family. Some like it hot, and for that loved one, spice it up with our House Hot Sauce. For the bartender, use our Small Batch Tonic to step up your everyday bar game.

For the foodie with a heart in Athens, we recommend Juanina Cantrell Kocher’s Classic City Cooking. Signed by foreword author Chef Peter Dale, this new cookbook features recipes from Athens’ most beloved chefs and restaurants. We also always carry all three of Hugh Acheson's autographed cookbooks – The Broad Fork, Pick a Pickle, and A New Turn in the South.

Prefer a little luxury? Gift certificates to The National or T-Shirts available in adult and youth sizes make great stocking stuffers!

 

Gift Certificates     available in any denomination


Autographed Cookbooks by Chef Hugh Acheson

The Broad Fork     $35

Pick a Pickle     $15

A New Turn in the South     $35

Classic City Cooking     $29.95 


The National T-Shirts

Adult     $20

Youth    $16


The National Hats     $18
 

Housemade Small Batch Tonic     $15


House Hot Sauce     $10 for 1, $25 for 3

 
Olive Oils

La Martina Olive Oil

Small     $12

Large     $63

Georgia Olive Oil     $28


Beautiful Briny Sea X The National

The National Specialty Salt     $10

Condor Chocolates Finishing Sugar    $10


Take Home Pies and Cakes by Kiki's Bakeshop
Orders for Christmas must be placed by December 20 at midnight. Pies will be available for pick-up at The National on Friday, December 23 at any time. To order, call The National at 706-549-3450 or email erin@thenationalrestaurant.com

Cakes    $32

Coconut, Flourless Chocolate, Red Velvet

Pies    $18
All pies available gluten free except key lime

Golden Apple, Key Lime, Dark Cherry, Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Pecan, White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut

 

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HANUKKAH DINNER AT THE NATIONAL
December 28-29, 2016
$32 per guest

 

APPETIZERS served family-style for the table

hummus:  pomegranate and flat bread  gf available

kale tabbouleh:   bulgur, kale, cauliflower, pecan, preserved lemon

latkes:  sour cream, caramelized apples and scallion  gf

 

ENTREES

roasted chicken breast  za'atar, Israeli couscous with saffron, harissa vinaigrette, carrot salad with mint and citrus

or

beef brisket  braised with coffee & cocoa, whipped root vegetables, fresh horseradish & parsley gf

 

DESSERT

apple fritters:  honey and almonds

or

pomegranate sorbet:  kumquat, rugelach

Dine at The National after attending the Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie!

 

Don't miss the Georgia premiere of Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie's Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra on Monday, October 24 at Hodgson Concert Hall.  

Inspired by the blurred lines between classical, pop, and contemporary music, renowned violinist Robert McDuffie commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, one of the most prolific songwriter/composers from the world of rock and pop. Mills and McDuffie have been close friends since they were teenagers growing up in Macon, GA, and now these two music legends have embarked on an exciting collaboration with the premiere of Mills’s Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra featuring Fifth House Ensemble. This is a not-to-be-missed Athens concert event.

For tickets to the Concerto, go here!

 

Following the performance, The National would love to have you for dinner! We are offering extended hours to 11pm on Monday, October 24. Call 706-549-3450 or email reservations@thenationalrestaurant.com to reserve your table today!

Boybutante Presents: Drag Brunch at The National

Once a year, Boybutante takes over The National for the most sequined brunch Athens has ever seen! Join us on November 6th for a buffet-style brunch alongside drag performances from some of your favorite divas! 

Sunday, November 6
Seatings at 11am and 1:30pm
$20 per guest for a buffet style brunch, including coffee and OJ
Bloody Marys and Mimosas available at the bar

Proceeds benefit the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.