There is no better place to find classic Provençal fare in Atlanta than at Anis Bistro. Set in a converted cottage nestled in the heart of Buckhead, this has been one of Atlanta’s hidden gems for over 23 years. Anis is the perfect place for a romantic lunch or dinner, especially if you’re lucky enough to snag a table on the tree-shaded brick patio. The specialties are Provençal versions of healthy French cuisine, like these amazing mussels in creamy wine broth.
20 cleaned mussels (about 3/4 pound)
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
In a large saucepan, combine mussels, wine, cream, garlic, parsley, butter, and cayenne. Cover pan and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Remove lid and toss everything together. Cook, covered again, for 2 more minutes, or until all mussels have opened. If any of the mussels don’t open after cooking, discard them. Serve immediately, preferably with good bread.