This dish brings flavors of South America to Atlanta

Flavors of the Andes bowl created by chef Kevin Gillespie for the new Whole Foods Market stand-alone restaurant The Roast in Atlanta./Photo by Rachel Taylor

Dish of the week: Flavors of the Andes bowl from The Roast

Whole Foods Market opened its first free-standing restaurant in Atlanta on June 1. The Roast is a fast-casual eatery focused on the Brazilian style of grilled meat known as churrasco.

The restaurant offers a variety of bowls, including a featured chef bowl. Currently that would be “Flavors of the Andes,” a creation by Atlanta chef and restaurateur Kevin Gillespie. The South American inspiration layers roasted Peruvian purple potatoes, golden beets and tri-color quinoa over Peruvian red chicken. The dish is dressed with aji amarillo pepper sauce and garnished with roasted peanuts and fresh mint. While peanuts and mint are optional, they do add flavor and texture.

Like other fast-casual eateries the bowl is made-to-order, so you can watch, step-by-step, as ingredients transform into a dish. The chicken comes right off of a roasting spit and is tossed in the aji amarillo pepper sauce a,long with the potatoes and beets before being served over quinoa. Bowls cost between $7 and $8.

The Roast is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Interested in learning more about The Roast? Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m., when we bring you a tour of The Roast and watch Gillespie create this chef-y bowl. Catch the live action on our Facebook page, Atlanta Restaurant Scene.

650 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. 404-853-1681. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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