As summer approaches, it’s nice to schedule a few road trips to the beach and make sure sun and surf are part of the holiday plans. But if the calendar doesn’t allow for the seasonal exodus out of our landlocked city, visit Yebo Beach Haus for a meal fit for any king of the beach.
Located in the heart of Buckhead, Yebo Beach Haus has a Hamptons-meets-California look with South African-meets-American fusion, coastal-inspired taste. The restaurant just celebrated its first anniversary and is quickly gaining fans from across Atlanta looking for flavors of somewhere exotic but familiar, all at the same time. And who wouldn’t want to eat beachy, flavorful dishes like coconut ceviche or tuna poke without the annoyance of sand stuck in your bathing suit?!
This year, restaurateur Justin Anthony added a few small plate standouts to the menu that weren’t available last year, including oxtail tacos, $16, served with bone marrow stew, dried habanero peppers and Haus coleslaw, and grilled street corn, $6, drizzled with peri-peri sauce and Parmesan cheese. Personally, I’m obsessed with artichokes, and since I’m totally intimidated and baffled about how to properly prepare this enigma-shaped vegetable, I’m all about Yebo’s grilled artichoke, $12, served with the restaurant’s famously delicious peri-peri flavor (this time in buttermilk dipping-sauce form).
Larger entrees will fill your stomach AND impress your taste buds with Yebo’s unusual and delightful creations. When I think “beach,” I think fish, so diners can’t go wrong with the cedar plank-grilled sockeye salmon, $28, with dragonfruit and rum rice, or the tuna grain bowl, $21, featuring red quinoa, kale, edamame, avocado and sesame soy vinaigrette. If you’re more turf than surf, order the lollipop lamb with summer vegetable succotash, $33, or the majestic ribeye, $34, complemented with lime potatoes and asparagus.
We can’t talk about beach livin’ without including a proud symbol of coastal culture: the cocktail! Pair their bobotie bunny chow (ground beef curry with apples, raisins and fried egg atop a broiche bun) or ostrich sliders with some house concoctions (all $12). My fave is On Leave, made with tequila, rum, ruby grapefruit and a few other sneakily tasty ingredients. Meeting the gang at Yebo Beach Haus? Order Jeffrey’s Bay, a deceptively strong yet delicious cocktail, full of Elyx vodka, rhubarb bitters, grapefruit juice and more, that can satisfy a group of thirsty friends in three handy sizes — the derby, $12 (for those only-children in your group who don’t like to share); copper pineapple, $24 and serves two people; and the flamingo punch bowl, $50, which comes in party-size for four people.
The concept behind Yebo Beach Haus is a fun trip out of Atlanta and into some unnamed beach town that crosses international lines of cuisine, design and culture. And that staycation feeling lasts throughout the year with a huge twist: This past winter, the restaurant became Yebo Ski Haus, a ski lodge-inspired, pop-up establishment. Last winter’s menu featured heartier dishes with seasonal ingredients, and the décor went from surfboards to skis in a traditional “après ski” feel.
Yebo Beach Haus is a good time, regardless of season, and we think as the temperatures rise this summer, you’ll love to dig into something tasty, unexpected and always, while wearing a killer tan.
Yebo Beach Haus is located at 111 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. The restaurant is open Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Learn more by calling (404) 869-1992 or visiting yebobeachhaus.com.
Thank you to Rachael Gliebe for today’s fabulous photos.
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