Two Urban Licks is a great spot right on the Beltline. The space is amazing, with a great vibe. I only wish the food and the service lived up to the physical space. We were there for Easter Brunch. My friend was running a bit late, so I checked in at the front desk (very friendly) and settled at the bar. The bar staff was attentive and friendly. My drink was very good, though a bit overpriced. When my friend arrived, we were quickly seated at a requested outside table. Here is where things started to unravel. The wait staff seemed overly harried for the number of tables seated and it took several minutes for our waiter to stop by an introduce himself. It was clear that this was simply a drive by and he was off without doing much more than filling our waters. Several long minutes later, he was back to take our drink order, but when my friend started asking questions about the menu, she was quickly shut down and we were told he would be right back. A different server brought are drinks and spent a few minutes explaining the menu. When we placed our food orders, my friend asked between 2 dishes - he recommended the Fish & Grits, but when pressed with additional questions - he never really answered, just kept repeating his recommendation. I ordered the Brisket Hash, but when I asked for the eggs to be over easy vs poached, I was told that they couldn't substitute the eggs. Really? First of all you were not as busy as you were acting and second, though I am no chef, I do not believe eggs over easy are more difficult than poached, maybe even easier. We also ordered the Shrimp Hush Puppies, but were told that they were being substituted with the dinner version - pimento cheese hush puppies. We gave them a try - yuck. They were simply golf ball size balls of pimento cheese, lightly battered and deep friend. No cornmeal of other filling to tone down the over powering cheese. My brunch was served - it looked very appealing, a generous portion of potato hash with a nice slice of charred brisket and 2 poached eggs. The flavor profile was there, but the execution was a little lacking. The brisket was overly fatty and only about 60% of the portion was edible. The hash should have been cooked a bit longer to have a little more crispiness so that when the egg yolk was mixed in, it wouldn't be so soggy. The recommended Fish & Grits were "good" according my friend, I will have to take her word, but I did notice that she did not finish her meal or ask for a to go box, not the norm.
I will give them another chance. Maybe it was the "super busy" Easter brunch that had the wait staff frazzled and the kitchen not up to par. I hope that is the case and not that they are relying on a great location and cool atmosphere to make up for the short comings in the food and service. Guess I will find out soon.
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