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Lunacy Black Market

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.3 miles from the Courthouse. Long-time Atlanta chef and small plate extraordinaire, Paul Luna, is trying to bring respectability back to the Fulton County lunch scene.  The man behind the ultra-popular Eclipse de Luna and Loca Luna tapas operations is working his magic once again on a neglected stretch of Mitchell Street just a couple blocks from the courthouse.  Given the location, most would call the long-term sustainability of this place a long shot but Luna’s been here just about a year now and has racked up “Best of…” awards from both Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing.  For starters, green and purple cabbage salad is paired with gorgonzola, mint and toasted walnuts.  The dish exemplifies Luna’s ability to achieve a perfect balance of flavors with minimal effort and expense.  Entrees focus on flavorful braised meat dishes like the Mediterranean chicken leg in a cinnamon cardamom curry, Ropa Vieja (slow cooked pork shank with ricotta and roasted peppers) or plump Asian-Style pork ribs in a ginger soy sesame sauce.  In addition to fresh cut fries and risotto cakes, there are typically a couple specials (a recent curried chickpea dish was a hit) as well as the “SoulShine” soup of the day.  No dish on the menu is over $4 and the dessert bites at around a buck are so smart since who wouldn’t want a handheld crunchy pecan baklava or almond macaroon before the walk back to court.  The only drawback is a no takeout policy and the dining room is not much more than an assortment of mismatched sofas, armchairs and coffee tables.  At first glance, the room looks like a used furniture store but with the decor, as with the location and the food, Luna is just giving life to what others have long given up on.  Lunacy is, for many reasons, the perfect name for this venture.  Get over here quick just in case it doesn’t last forever.

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