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4th and Swift

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Lamb Chop, Harissa, Feta Salad, Naan Bread

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4th & Swift

621 North Avenue NE

Building B

Atlanta, GA 30308

678.904.0160

4thandswift.com (link)

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One may never fully understand the farm to table concept until provided the visual aid of  a whole hog spread eagle awaiting preparation.  Sure this may make some squeamish, but in an effort to photograph things culinary, I admittedly felt giddy when Chef Jay Swift told me he had acquired a fine specimen for an upcoming party.  For me personally, there is little distinction between the beauty in imagery that exemplifies the food chain and that of posed and plated dishes lining the pages of magazines and cookbooks.  Whether it is a butcher at work or a lioness chasing an infant gazelle, I find myself awe stricken when I stumble across an opportunity to view how the natural world sustains itself …and hunger quenching sustenance is noticeably easy to land at 4th & Swift.

The former engine room of Southern Dairies in the Old Fourth Ward district of Atlanta is the location of Chef Jay Swift’s culinary abode.  Offering modern American comfort food served with Southern hospitality, this restaurant and bar combo takes these offerings and surrounds them in an updated industrial space.  4th & Swift combines tasteful fabrics and wood tones with concrete floors, found metal beams and exposed original brick to provide an agreeable and laid back atmosphere.  The entire dining room is positioned to view the inner workings of the kitchen through a floor to ceiling glass wall.

Following a farm to table concept, Chef Swift and company provide ever changing seasonal dishes using the “freshest ingredients from local and regional sources including those from all natural and sustainable farmers.”  Over Jay Swift’s 30 year career he has traveled from Baltimore, to Boston, New York City and most recently to the South landing at South City Kitchen in Atlanta, receiving many accolades and much notice.  He has since created 4th & Swift and been involved with some charitable organizations like “Share our Strength” and “Flavors of Atlanta“.

Since the menu is in constant flux, it is recommended you sign up on their email list to receive updates and notice of specials.  Also be on the look out for them at “Fall in the 4th“.

Thanks to Jay, Seth, Jeb and Chrysta for providing their time and expertise.

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Wild Stripe Bass, Preserved Lemon Rissoto, Tomato Water, Fennel

Wild Stripe Bass, Preserved Lemon Rissoto, Tomato Water, Fennel

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Salmon Crudo, Avocado Sorbet, Corn Relish, Cilantro Crema

"Scallop BLT", Seared Diver Scallop, Crispy Pork Belly, Arugula, Tomato Jam

"Scallop BLT", Seared Diver Scallop, Crispy Pork Belly, Arugula, Tomato Jam

Sugar Doughnuts w/ Peach Jam, Rye Ice Cream

Sugar Doughnuts w/ Peach Jam, Rye Ice Cream

Baked Chocolate Mousse, Bananas, Caramel Ice Cream & Candied Bacon

Baked Chocolate Mousse, Bananas, Caramel Ice Cream & Candied Bacon

You still may have time to catch one of these dishes before changing to their fall menu…be “swift” and tell’em you got “spoonfed”.

-sorry for the pun…

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