Last Thursday night I popped over to NEXTO for movie night. They recently started having this one day out of the week and they had ’Two urban licks Executive Chef’, Michael Bertozzi, create a unique menu of specials of ramen, wings and burgers.
It’s currently an open space event for the public on Thursday, located at ‘Two urban licks’. As soon as I walked in, I was blown away by the ambience. It had an amazing industrial lofty feel with a huge open kitchen. I am a sucker for open spaces.
My friend and I were seated towards the back and had a great view of the screen that overlooked the kitchen. That night, they played beetle juice; what’s funny is, we both haven’t seen this movie in 10 years. We started out with some local beer that was on special. I had Reformation Handy, a Belgian-Style White Ale. I was impressed; it was a wheat beer with citrus notes and a little bit of mild tart finish.
My friend ordered the Limoncello; it was light sparkling wine topped with a fresh strawberry.
For appetizers, we first ordered fried shishitos. This is a fun snack to nibble on with drinks and a movie. The snack included blistered fried shishitos sautéed in soy, sesame and Szechuan. I have to call it the Russian roulette of peppers; I had at least 8 and I must say, one of the peppers was very hot.
For the second appetizer we wanted to be a bit adventurous and ordered the disco fries. It was a huge bowl with unagi, wasabi, tobiko, furikake and bonito flakes. The fries also had a very unique taste. It’s like eating a sushi roll on fries.
Third we had the pork belly. I am a sucker for this. It was very moist and was garnished with picked cucumber, radish, wakame and pineapple. The movie ended and they started playing ghost buster, another all-time favorite. We were still hungry so we decided to go for entrees.
I ordered the Double stack. It’s a short rib meat burger topped with house-made Russian dressing, caramelized onions, shredded lettuces, tomatoes, pickles and cheese. This burger is Huge and juicy!! I had to cut it in half. Also, a side of fresh cut fries was enough to share.
My friend loves ramen, so we ordered the Tonkotsu ramen. It consists of a huge bowl of pork belly, menma, scallions, egg and chili oil. I sampled the broth and I was in heaven. Overall, it was a fun night of good food and local beer. Be sure to stop by and try out these great specials and local beer from Reformation Beer this month.
Movies at Nexto
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (7/20); and Big Trouble in Little China and The Toxic Avenger (7/27).
NEXTO is located at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Stay connected on Facebook.com/nextoatl and on Twitter and Instagram at @nextoatl.