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Bottle Rocket
Wasabi expands beyond sushi

Atlanta

Fireworks are just about the greatest thing in the world, at least until you find out about sparklers, which Mom definitely promised are way more fun. Eat like it's the Fourth of July and your parents are already passed out, at Bottle Rocket.

A totally re-conceptualized version of Wasabi, Bottle Rocket hasn't abandoned sushi, but has expanded the menu to include non-raw meals and surprisingly affordable wine & cocktails, while also upping the design ante with natural wood tables that match a curving wooden booth wall and a huge mural replicating Black Cat fireworks packaging, with text like "Warning: Flammable Rocket With Report", which probably says he wasn't very good after college. That fresh menu includes grilled sushi-grade salmon salad w/ citrus sesame vinaigrette, and an 8oz NY strip w/ garlic mashed potatoes and sea salt-sauteed green beans; there're also burgers like a sashimi ahi tuna job w/ sriracha aioli, and a spiced Kobe beef monster with sweet potato fries that've been hand cut, even though that dude didn't coach sports, and just prickishly taught history. For quaffables, it's affordable new wines (none over $10 per glass) plus cocktails like the Yuzu Blackberry Smash (lemon-infused sake, blackberry liqueur, fresh blackberries, soda) or the Georgia Boy, with all GA-sourced ingredients like Coke, homemade almond milk, locally produced sorghum syrup, and 95-proof 13th Colony Corn Whiskey, which offers hints of butter, just like all of Dennis Haskins' scavenger hunts.

Starting this Sunday, you can enjoy Belgian waffles, omelettes, and the co-owners' 20-year-old Bloody Mary recipe at BR's "Pajama Brunch", at which they're actually encouraging you to wear your PJs, which are also just about the greatest thing in the world, as long as they're pajamas and not dangerous public housing.

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1. Bottle Rocket 180 Walker St, Atlanta, GA 30313

A totally re-conceptualized version of Wasabi, Bottle Rocket hasn't abandoned sushi, but has expanded the menu to include non-raw meals and surprisingly affordable wine & cocktails, while also upping the design ante with natural wood tables that match a

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