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Seven Lamps – Atlanta, GA's Secluded, Star-struck Eatery

By Michael Mackie

Shops around Lenox 3400 Lenox Rd. #217, Atlanta GA

404-467-8950

Seven Lamps' modern, rustic interior / photo credit: sevenlampsatl.com

Seven Lamps' modern, rustic interior / photo credit: sevenlampsatl.com

Atlanta has a lot of spendy, upscale ‘burbs. Some – like the Buckhead area – border on pretentious.  But if you find yourself hopelessly lost in Buckhead with little hope for escape, then keep an eye out for the restaurant, Seven Lamps.  This blink-and-you-miss-it eatery has been around for three years come December – and yet no one seems to know about its inspired farm-to-table fare.

Or maybe patrons are merely determined to keep it under wraps …

Even odder? Seven Lamps is ambivalent about their popularity. They’re doing just fine flying under the radar.  “We have minimalist signage,” said Ass’t General Manager Ian Waring. “People will drive around the parking lot looking for us. They usually end up calling.” The restaurant puts the hidden in hidden gem.

“If you don’t know about this place – you wouldn’t know about this place,” said frequent patron Jared Allman with a cryptic wink. “But the food here is killer – you know, once you find it.”

Seven Lamps – named after John Ruskin’s seven principles of architecture (uh, go look it up) – boasts an ambitious menu. It’s a menu that changes every day.  “Buckhead is trendy and chic,” said Waring. “But we’re more rustic … and we try to make everything handmade and homemade.” It’s so labor-intensive in the kitchen that if you’re hunkerin’ for a late lunch – forget it. The doors to Seven Lamps close every day from 3-5pm sheerly to prep for dinner guests.

Sicilian pistachio macaron complete with mortadella mousse / photo credit: James Camp via Creative Loafing

Sicilian pistachio macaron complete with mortadella mousse / photo credit: James Camp via Creative Loafing

While there, multiple tables ordered Lamps’ famed charcuterie plates. It’s a mix and match bonanza of goodness – including a Mortadella Mousse, Sicilian Pistachio Macaron that’s so savory and delectable your head might explode. The restaurant is also known for their Maine Mussels and Compressed Watermelon. They also serve a richer-than-sin Lobster Bun on steamed brioche that will make you vow you’re in New England.

The glorious, decadent 50/50 Burger / photo credit: Michael Mackie

The glorious, decadent 50/50 Burger / photo credit: Michael Mackie

But their most famous item may or may not even be on the menu. (Because of course it isn’t …) It’s their 50/50 Burger … recently named one of the Top 10 Burgers in the country by Eater.com. In keeping with the restaurant’s mysterious aura – you just have to request it on a wink and a prayer. “You can order it, but you have to know about it first,” said Allman who wolfed down his burger in three enormous bites. “It’s 50% top ground and 50% brisket. It’s also 100% the best burger I’ve ever consumed.”

The restaurant’s other claim to fame? “We’re a Mecca for famous people,” said Waring. When pressed to name drop, Maring mentioned Gabrielle Union, Drew Barrymore, Usher and Keisha Knight Pulliam just to name a few. Plus, more star athletes than you can shake a stick at who drop by for dinner – you know, when they’re not on the court, field or rink.

Beverage manager John Buckhalt uses liquid nitrogen to ensure a frosty glass / photo credit: Michael Mackie

Beverage manager John Buckhalt uses liquid nitrogen to ensure a frosty glass / photo credit: Michael Mackie

Allman enjoys a frosty adult beverage in a hyper-chilled tempered glass.

Allman enjoys a frosty adult beverage in a hyper-chilled tempered glass.

If you can find it … check out the elaborate, inspired craft cocktails. The mixologists mean business … breaking out the liquid nitrogen to chill their glasses to a frosty 300 degrees below zero.  It’s showy – but would you expect any less from a restaurant that prides itself on an endless variety of house-infused liquors? And yes – that includes their own micro-blended bourbon from Angel’s Envy Special Blend?

Lamps’ décor is quiet and unassuming. It looks as if a rogue Amish craftsman was given a healthy budget and carte blanche to do whatever he wanted.  One wall is scattered from end to end with homemade canned goods from local farmers … pickled and procured within an inch of their organic life.

Hand-crafted canned goods behind the bar at Seven Lamps / photo credit: Michael Mackie

Hand-crafted canned goods behind the bar at Seven Lamps / photo credit: Michael Mackie

Remember – if you visit Seven Lamps for craft food or even craftier libations -- for God’s sake, keep it under wraps. We don’t want just anyone getting in.  You can find Seven Lamps in Shops around Lenox 3400 Lenox Rd. #217 in Atlanta. Call 404-467-8950 if you get lost or visit www.sevenlampsatl.com.