Dirty Rascal Italian-American restaurant menu at the Thompson Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta includes Steak Diane and Eggplant Parmesan

The Italian-American Dirty Rascal restaurant opens Wednesday, January 5 on the ground floor of the new Hyatt-backed Thompson Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

Led by Chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind the Rye Restaurants group (General Muir, Fred’s Meat and Bread, Wood’s Chapel BBQ), expect to eat everything from puffy spaghetti to meatballs and bolognese d lamb with Diane steak and aubergine parmesan accompanied by dirty martinis.

Chef Joshua Hopkins runs daily operations in the hotel’s kitchens and at Dirty Rascal. Hopkins comes to the Thompson Hotel after serving as Culinary Director for Rye Restaurants and previously working at renowned Atlanta restaurants such as Empire State South, Bacchanalia, and Abattoir. In 2018, Hopkins partnered with Dennis Lange to open Italian restaurant Adalina in the Post Riverside apartment complex on Northside Parkway in northwest Atlanta. The restaurant has since closed.

In addition to the dining room, Dirty Rascal includes a bar and benches.
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The dining room at Dirty Rascal in Atlanta at the Thompson Hotel.

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Taking cues from old-fashioned red sauce restaurants in New York City and classic Italian eateries just off the Strip in Las Vegas, Dirty Rascal infuses the dining room with a chic mid-century vibe. . The design includes a large marble bar, leather banquettes, and two- and four-tray tables in the dining room.

Look for hat tips on the menu for the aforementioned red sauce joints from Ginsberg and Hopkins. Ginsberg even pays homage to his mother on the restaurant menu (who nicknamed him “the dirty rascal” as a child) with some homemade Italian dishes.

“Some of the menu items inspired by my mother’s cooking are our meatballs, veal parm[esan] and the dressing on our gorgonzola salad, which is his recipe, ”Ginsberg told Eater.

Ginsberg and Hopkins delve into Italian-American comfort food, including eggplant parmesan, a lasagna for three, pork chops with peppers and onions, a Diane steak and an Italian wedding soup, with some finished dishes or prepared at the table, such as Caesar salad. Expect scampi and shrimp grits, zucchini bread, and a ham and cheese cornetto for breakfast, followed by meatballs, a shrimp cocktail, and hero sandwiches and paninis during the breakfast.

Eggplant parmesan.

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Lamb Bolognese.

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Entrecote Waygu

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Top left: aubergine parmesan; top right: lamb bolognese; bottom: Waygu sirloin steak.

The drink menu features three martinis, including a classic steakhouse with olives stuffed with blue cheese and other classic cocktails, like the negroni, the Clover Club, and the New York Sour.

In addition to Dirty Rascal, there’s also a lobby cafe and pool with cabanas and a private club called Tesserae on the roof of the Thompson Buckhead.

Take a look at the menus at Dirty Rascal:



Having dinner.

415 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. salerascal.com.

Open every day from 7 am to 11 am; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lunch to come.

Public transport information: Accessible via bus # 5 from avenue Piedmont.

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