Whoever said that there could never be fine dining outside of Atlanta’s Perimeter couldn’t be more wrong. Norcross’ Hi Life Restaurant proves the skeptics wrong. The Braised Short Rib with its succulent Swiss chard and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes is a must-have when visiting this elegantly-designed space that shares its building with several vacant stores. Despite the image of that temporary suburban depression, Hi Life hits several high notes on its menu. The Sesame Crusted Sea Bass is a top-quality cut of fish served with a medley of jasmine rice, baby bok choy, carrot and hoisin beurre.
On several visits, I pass up on the grilled favorites, but at Hi Life, they are a cut above the rest. The Prime New York Strip is an amazing slice of pure beef that may even tempt vegetarians to walk over to the wild side.
Speaking of vegetarians, meatless options are only available through their salads or side dishes. Years ago, I refrained from meat and visited Hi Life. I had the House Salad and side items including the arugula and risotto.
A few years later, I visited Hi Life sans the veggie attitude and quickly ordered up the Lobster Ravioli. On the follow-up visit, I tried the Jumbo Scallops.
Next time you’re in the ATL, head up to Norcross. It’s about 10 miles north of I-285’s Peachtree Industrial Boulevard exit in Doraville.